There are 2 main definitions of size in English:

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size1

Syllabification: size
Pronunciation: /sīz
 
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noun

1The relative extent of something; a thing’s overall dimensions or magnitude; how big something is: the schools varied in size a forest the size of Connecticut houses of all sizes
More example sentences
  • The craftspeople construct everything in small scale and the houses range in size up to palaces which can cost as much as a full-sized house.
  • The size of the house excluding underground parking is about 4,100 square feet.
  • The houses vary in size, with a choice of one to four bedrooms, sleeping up to eight.
1.1Extensive dimensions or magnitude: she seemed slightly awed by the size of the building
2Each of the classes, typically numbered, into which garments or other articles are divided according to how large they are: I can never find anything in my size
More example sentences
  • The dress was a couple of sizes too big and with the belt on, the neckline dipped dangerously low.
  • She was barefoot, and wearing only a flowered dress which was a size too big for her skinny frame.
  • Vantage offers Big and Tall sizes in seven basics and bestsellers, including a woven shirt, a windshirt, and a sweater.
2.1A person or garment corresponding to a particular numbered size: she’s a size 10

verb

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1Alter or sort in terms of size or according to size: some drills are sized in millimeters
More example sentences
  • Yes, I've sort of sized this for a tall 3yo by adding an inch and a half to the length and an inch to the width.
Synonyms
sort, categorize, classify
1.1 (size something up) Estimate or measure something’s dimensions: she was trying to size up a room with a tape measure
1.2 (size someone/something up) informal Form an estimate or rough judgment of someone or something: the two men sized each other up
More example sentences
  • We went in, sat down, had our pints, but I was watching the lads at the bar watching us, and I knew they were wondering, looking, sizing us up.
  • He was close to becoming a US citizen when Murdoch began sizing him up for the top job at The Sun.
  • And I often see them watching her, sizing her up.

adjective

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Having a specified size; sized: marble-size chunks of hail

Origin

Middle English (also in the sense 'assize, ordinance fixing a rate of payment'): from Old French sise, from assise 'ordinance', or a shortening of assize.

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  • Early use of the word was as a synonym for assize, of which it is a shortening. This came from French assise, from Latin assidere ‘sit by’ which developed the sense ‘to sit down in judgement, assess’ of which it is also the source. The notion of fixing an amount led to the word's use to express magnitude and bulk. The phrase size up appeared in the late 19th century. The history of the size (Middle English) used in painting is not clear. See also seat

Phrases

of a size

1
(Of two or more people or things) having the same dimensions.

of some size

2
Fairly large.
Example sentences
  • So it would have taken an operation of some size, if the stuff was still there, to get it out of there.
  • Underneath the house is a cellar of some size, which is useful for storage.
  • The probability of running into someone 200 miles tall is definitely zero; because you have to have a mother of some size, there are physical limitations.

that's about the size of it

3
informal Said to confirm someone’s assessment of a situation, especially of one regarded as bad.
Example sentences
  • He'll do one or two key interviews, and that's about the size of it.
  • He enjoys a beer, but that's about the size of it, just as he does a party, a cigarette in his hand and the company of available young women.
  • Yes, it is certainly more enjoyable to drive around in an open top car, but that's about the size of it.

to size

4
To the dimensions wanted: the PVC sheet is easily cut to size
More example sentences
  • Let's chop them down to size and then we'll discuss civility and ethics again.
  • After cutting the rope down to size James returned to his father's house.
  • It'll probably get trimmed down to size before it travels very far, but I was glad to see the playwright's cut.

Derivatives

sizer

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Harbor Freight has several ring sizers for sale.
  • With the window removed, the surgeon tried various sizers to achieve proper medialization of the cord.
  • Trial acetabular sizers are placed in the cavity to further assist with shell size determination.

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There are 2 main definitions of size in English:

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size2

Syllabification: size
Pronunciation: /sīz
 
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noun

verb

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Treat with size to glaze or stiffen.
Example sentences
  • Be sure to prime or size any newly applied drywall compound before painting or papering.
  • I suggest you also size the walls before doing this, and as your decorator is a traditionalist I am sure he will agree.

Origin

Middle English: perhaps the same word as size1.

More
  • Early use of the word was as a synonym for assize, of which it is a shortening. This came from French assise, from Latin assidere ‘sit by’ which developed the sense ‘to sit down in judgement, assess’ of which it is also the source. The notion of fixing an amount led to the word's use to express magnitude and bulk. The phrase size up appeared in the late 19th century. The history of the size (Middle English) used in painting is not clear. See also seat

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