size1 W1S1 [saız] n
1¦(how big)¦
2¦(very big)¦
4 large-sized/medium-sized/pocket-size etc
5 do something to size
6 that's about the size of it
[Date: 1100-1200; : Old French; Origin: assise 'sitting to make a legal judgment or a judgment on standard amounts', from asseoir 'to seat']
1.) ¦(HOW BIG)¦ [U and C]
how big or small something is
He's a small boy, about John's size.
Jensens' house is about the same size as ours.
size of
The firm underestimated the size of the market for their new product.
I saw a spider the size of (=the same size as) my hand in the backyard.
He's quite a big dog, but he's still not full size yet.
in size
The apartment is roughly 360 square feet in size.
(of) that/this size
(=as big as that or this)
In a class this size, there are bound to be a few trouble-makers.
We can't give loans of that size to just anyone.
in all/different/various (shapes and) sizes
These phones come in all shapes and sizes.
good/fair/nice size
(=fairly big)
The breakfast room is a good size.
2.) ¦(VERY BIG)¦[U]
used to say that something is very big
size of
I can't believe the size of her car!
The sheer size of the classes makes learning difficult for students.
one of a set of standard measures according to which clothes and other goods are produced and sold
These shoes are one size too big.
The shirts come in three sizes: small, medium, and large.
Do you have these pants in a size 12?
4.) large-sized/medium-sized/pocket-size etc
of a particular size, or about the same size and shape as something
a medium-sized car
a pocket-size mirror
(=big enough for a particular purpose)
5.) do sth to size
if you cut, make, or prepare something to size, you make it the right size for a particular use
The materials will be provided, and everything is already cut to size.
6.) that's about the size of it
spoken used to agree that someone's description of a situation is correct
7.) ¦(PASTE)¦[U]
also sizing
a thick sticky liquid used for giving stiffness and a shiny surface to cloth, paper etc, or used to prepare walls for ↑wallpaper
cut sb down to size at cut down(6), try sth on for size attry1 (2)
size 2
size2 v [T]
1.) to sort things according to their size
Shrimp are sized and selected for canning.
2.) [usually passive]
to make something into a particular size or sizes
Most costume patterns are sized for children.
3.) to put ↑size 1(7) on a wall before decorating
size up [size sth/sb<=>up] phr v
to look at or consider a person or situation and make a judgment about them
It only took a few seconds for her to size up the situation.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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