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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

Example Sentences

Verb “I'll have the combo meal.” “Would you like to supersize it?” we'll have to supersize our contributions to our retirement fund
Recent Examples on the Web
The idea is that the total worth of equities can’t grow to supersize proportions versus the national income that fuels earnings. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 13 Oct. 2022 Winds, which cause storm surge, can supersize king tides. Bill Kearney, Sun Sentinel, 26 Sep. 2022 To eliminate all its greenhouse emissions, PGE would need to supersize its fleet of renewable energy resources and manage them for longevity, maximizing production for decades to come. The Oregonian -, 27 Aug. 2022 Faced with a worrisome decline in Russia’s population, President Vladimir Putin this week revived a Soviet-era award launched in 1944, to encourage Russians to supersize their families. Adela Suliman, Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2022 Consumer inflation continues to rise at a torrid pace, significantly raising the odds the Federal Reserve will further supersize its interest rate hike at its next policy meeting and the economy will fall into recession sooner rather than later. Medora Lee, USA TODAY, 14 July 2022 To accommodate all these people, places, and concepts, the show’s creators, the Duffer Brothers, have opted to supersize all of this season’s episodes. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 24 May 2022 The picture-book pup who grew from scrawny to supersize because of a little girl's love is the big star of this family film. Jim Kiest, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Nov. 2021 Unlike the competition that offers the ability to supersize their SUVs, the Wagoneer, for now, comes in only one length. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 21 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Supersize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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