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su·​per·​size ˈsü-pər-ˌsīz How to pronounce supersize (audio)
supersized; supersizing; supersizes

transitive verb

: to greatly increase the size of (something or someone) : to make (something or someone) supersized
food trends that are supersizing Americans
Supersize it! That's the meaty mantra for fast-food chains this summer as they keep introducing larger, fattier and more outrageous sandwiches.Rosemary Black
Americans aren't supersizing portions just at fast-food restaurants, they're doing it in their own dining rooms.Food & Fitness Advisor
… Fashion is out to supersize you. … Magnification of your top half is highly probable, and quite possibly (take a deep breath) even your bottom half.Sarah Mower


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: extremely large in size
Some experts blame ever-increasing portion sizes and the proliferation of tasty, high-calorie fast foods that make it all too easy to eat a day's worth of calories in one supersize meal.Denise Grady
Though the sun finally came out, the damage from the supersize storm will be long-lasting.Time for Kids
[Louis] Kahn was an extraordinary man, with supersize talent, who left a deeply admired and profoundly influential architectural legacy.Philip Kennicott

Examples of supersize in a Sentence

Verb “I'll have the combo meal.” “Would you like to supersize it?” we'll have to supersize our contributions to our retirement fund Adjective a supersize truck with an impressive towing capacity
Recent Examples on the Web
But at least when the show does return, it'll be supersized, as season 3 will consist of 11 episodes (season 1 had seven episodes, while season 2 featured eight episodes). Sydney Bucksbaum,, 10 June 2024 Manchester City, the English champion financed by the wealth of the United Arab Emirates, supersized it through its City Football Group. Tariq Panja, New York Times, 7 June 2024 In similarly electric fashion, most of the setlist’s 23 other songs also were supersized. Théoden Janes, Charlotte Observer, 10 May 2024 City commissioners on Thursday mostly kept intact a 2023 law that supersized Miami’s billboard size caps for a few downtown locations, including at PAMM and the nearby Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Douglas Hanks, Miami Herald, 25 Apr. 2024 But a stock-market frenzy has supersized Trump Media’s value to about $5.5 billion — more than the market values of Macy’s, Columbia Sportswear and Alaska Airlines, which make billions in revenue a year. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2024 Even more controversial has been the state’s year-old Live Local Act, which overrides local zoning rules in commercial and industrial districts to encourage developers to supersize projects that include certain set-asides for middle-class housing. Andres Viglucci, Miami Herald, 29 Mar. 2024 The ground floor mainstream Spec’s supersized in 1995 to 8,000-square-feet during music’s post-Nirvana grunge era. Howard Cohen, Miami Herald, 22 Mar. 2024 Behind these risks are two powerful forces: Climate change, which can intensify both rain and drought, and the natural weather phenomenon known as El Niño, which can also supersize extreme weather. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, 5 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1977, in the meaning defined above


1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of supersize was in 1876

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“Supersize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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