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

Definition of supersize

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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



Definition of supersize (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And Beyoncé and Zendaya have sported springy, supersize looks. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The Best Curls of All Time, from Marilyn Monroe to Rihanna," 20 July 2018 Fortunately, there’s a new crop of formulas that promises to supersize even naturally fine lashes in just a few inky strokes. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "5 New Black Mascaras You Need in Your Life This Fall," 17 Aug. 2018 Don’t supersize your patty There are a few things a burger can have too much of, according to chef Daniel Corey of Luce at the InterContinental San Francisco. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "How to Cook a Hamburger Like a Chef," 26 June 2018 Image Marvel Studios likes to supersize everything — its heroes, blowups, runtimes, opening theaters, market share and so on. Chris Mckenna, New York Times, "Review: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Save the World! With Jokes!," 4 July 2018 For more than a decade, French planners have dreamed of an ambitious and expensive new rail network that would supersize Paris and turn it into a leader rather than a follower of global cities like London and New York. Shefali Anand, WSJ, "With Grand Paris Express, Paris Hopes to Expand Its Borders—And Metropolitan Might," 2 July 2018 For a 2-minute, 40-second stretch during the first half of Texas' (7-3) 75-60 win over Louisiana Tech (7-4), coach Shaka Smart decided to supersize his lineup. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "Texas notebook: Shaka Smart experiments with supersized lineup," 16 Dec. 2017 The $500 million bridge, with a higher clearance and a deeper channel, will let supersize oil tankers push into the inner harbor, spurring industrial growth and uncorking the port’s potential as a petrochemical trading hub. Washington Post, "In the shadows of Refinery Row, a parable of redevelopment and race," 21 Oct. 2017 At Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, pets can choose from a dedicated room service menu with items like baked salmon, a half-pound cheeseburger, and supersize dog biscuits. Charu Suri, Vogue, "These Hotels Take “Pet-Friendly” to a Whole New Level," 28 Sep. 2017

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1977, in the meaning defined above


1876, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of supersize was in 1876

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English Language Learners Definition of supersize

: to make (something, such as a serving of food in a fast food restaurant) very large

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