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size 1



1.The physical dimensions, proportions, magnitude, or extent of an object.

2.Any of a series of graduated categories of dimension whereby manufactured articles, such as shoes and clothing, are classified.


a.Considerable extent, amount, or dimensions: a debt of enormous size.

b.Relative amount or number, as of population or contents: What size is Cleveland?

4.Character, value, or status with reference to relative importance or the capacity to meet given requirements: Try this proposal on for size.

5.The actual state of affairs: That's about the size of the situation.





1.To arrange, classify, or distribute according to size.

2.To make, cut, or shape to a required size.


Sized. Often used in combination: bite-size appetizers; an economy-size package.

Phrasal Verb:size up

To make an estimate, opinion, or judgment of: She sized up her opponent.

[Middle English sise, from Old French,

court session, law, short for assise; seeassize.]



size 2



Any of several gelatinous or glutinous substances usually made from glue, wax, or clay and used as a glaze or filler for porous materials such as paper, cloth, or wall surfaces.





To treat or coat with size or a similar substance.

[Middle English sise, probably from Old French,

a setting; seesize1.]

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1.the dimensions, proportions, amount, or extent of something

2.large or great dimensions, etc of a series of graduated measurements, as of clothing: she takes size 4 shoes.


informalstate of affairs as summarized: he's bankrupt, that's the size of it.

vb sort according to size


tr) to make or cut to a particular size or sizes

[C13: from Old French

sise,shortened fromassiseassize]



Usage: The use of

-sizeand-sizedafterlargeorsmallis redundant, except when describing something which is made in specific sizes:a large(notlarge-size)organization.Similarly,in sizeis redundant in the expressionslarge in sizeandsmall in size




(Building) Also called:

sizinga thin gelatinous mixture, made from glue, clay, or wax, that is used as a sealer or filler on paper, cloth, or plaster surfaces


(Building) (

tr) to treat or coat (a surface) with size

[C15: perhaps from Old French

sise;see size1]



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sized, siz•ing.


1.the spatial dimensions, proportions, magnitude, or extent of anything: the size of a farm.

2.considerable or great magnitude: size versus quality. of a series of graduated measures for articles of manufacture or trade: shoe sizes.

4.extent; amount; range: a fortune of great size.

5.actual condition, circumstance, or state of affairs: That's about the size of it.

6.a number of population or contents: What size is the city?


Obs.a fixed portion, as for food.

v.t. separate or sort according to size. make of a certain size.


size up,to form an estimate of; judge.


of a size,of the same or a similar size.

[1250–1300; Middle English

syseorig., control, regulation, limit < Old Frenchsise,aph. variant ofassiseassize]





sized, siz•ing.


1.any of various gelatinous or glutinous preparations made from glue, starch, etc., used for filling the pores of cloth, paper, or other material.

v.t. coat or treat with size.

[1400–50; late Middle English

sise, syse(n.), of obscure orig.]

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Medicine.a disease resulting from abnormal activity of the pituitary gland in which bones of the extremities are enlarged.

— acromegalic,


a person of enormous size, as from Brobdingnag in Swift’s

Gulliver’s Travels.Cf. Lilliputian.

the process of decreasing in size.

— decrescent,adj.

Medicine.the condition of being dwarfed or a dwarf. Also called


smallness of size.

— exiguous,adj.

Medicine.the condition of abnormally great development in size or stature of the whole body or any of its parts, most often caused by a pituitary disorder.

Cf. nanism.

the study of giants.

abnormal development, especially increased size, in plants or animals, usually as a result of crossbreeding.

1.a small man or midget.

2.formerly, the microcosmic human form believed to be present in spermatozoon.

excessive growth of tissue or of an organ, independent of and out of proportion to the rest of the body.

Cf. hypoplasia. See also plants.— hypertrophic, hypertrophical,adj.— hypertrophous,adj.

a condition in which tissue or an organ of the body fails to grow to normal size.

Cf. hypertrophy. — hypoplastic,adj.

the process of increasing in size, or waxing, as the moon.

— increscent,adj.

the quality of being immoderate, disordered, or without restraint or proportion.

— inordinate,adj.

a diminutive person, about the height of an ink bottle, as from Lilliput in Swift’s

Gulliver’s Travels.Cf. Brobdingnagian.

a mania for becoming larger.

the condition of having an abnormally large body.

— macrosomatous,adj.

1.a dwarf, pygmy, or man of small stature.

2.a model of the human body, as used for teaching purposes in art, anatomy, etc. Also

spelled mannequin.

the study, examination, or description of things that are so small they must be viewed through a microscope.

— micrograph,n.— micrographic,adj.

a mania for becoming smaller.

the state of having large and grand characteristics.

— monumentallty,n.

Medicine.the condition of dwarfishness.

Cf. gigantism.

1.the condition of being a pygmy.

2.the behavior attributed to or characteristic of pygmies.

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a quantity or an amount of bread, 1785.

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Past participle:sized



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Noun1.size - the physical magnitude of something (how big it is); "a wolf is about the size of a large dog"

magnitude - the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small); "they tried to predict the magnitude of the explosion"; "about the magnitude of a small pea"

circumference, perimeter - the size of something as given by the distance around it

littleness, smallness - the property of having a relatively small size

2.size - the property resulting from being one of a series of graduated measurements (as of clothing); "he wears a size 13 shoe"

property - a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class; "a study of the physical properties of atomic particles"

extra large - a garment size for a very large person

8vo, eightvo, octavo - the size of a book whose pages are made by folding a sheet of paper three times to form eight leaves

4to, quarto - the size of a book whose pages are made by folding a sheet of paper twice to form four leaves

3.size - any glutinous material used to fill pores in surfaces or to stiffen fabrics; "size gives body to a fabric"
4.size - the actual state of affairs; "that's the size of the situation"; "she hates me, that's about the size of it"

colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

situation, state of affairs - the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time; "the present international situation is dangerous"; "wondered how such a state of affairs had come about"; "eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation"- Franklin D.Roosevelt

5.size - a large magnitude; "he blanched when he saw the size of the bill"; "the only city of any size in that area"
Verb1.size - cover or stiffen or glaze a porous material with size or sizing (a glutinous substance)
2.size - sort according to size
3.size - make to a size; bring to a suitable size

change magnitude - change in size or magnitude

scrutinise, scrutinize, size up, take stock - to look at critically or searchingly, or in minute detail; "he scrutinized his likeness in the mirror"

Adj.1.size - (used in combination) sized; "the economy-size package"; "average-size house"

combining form - a bound form used only in compounds; "`hemato-' is a combining form in words like `hematology'"

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noundimensions, extent,

measurement(s), range, amount, mass, length, volume, capacity, proportions, bulk, width, magnitude, greatness, vastness, immensity, bigness, largeness, hugeness books of various sizes

cut someone down to sizeweaken, crush, disable, silence, suppress, sabotage, impair, repress, sap, quash, debilitate, quell, stamp out, subvert, disempower The once powerful unions have been cut down to size.

size something

orsomeone up

(Informal)assess, evaluate, appraise, take stock of, eye up, get the measure of,

get (something) taped

(Brit. informal)He spent the evening sizing me up intellectually.

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1.The amount of space occupied by something:

2.The quality or state of being large in amount, extent, or importance:

phrasal verb

size up

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kích cỡ





of object, place] → tamaño

m; [

of person] → talla

f, estatura

f; [

of garments] → talla

f, medida

f; [

of shoes, gloves] → número

m; (=

scope) [

of problem] → magnitud

f, envergadura


plates of various sizes → platos de varios tamaños

it's the size of a brick → es del tamaño de un ladrillo

the skirt is two sizes too big → la falda es dos tallas grande


hallof immense size → una sala de vastas dimensiones

try this (on)→ prueba esto a ver si te conviene


they're all→ tienen todos el mismo tamaño

ofa size

it's→ es bastante grande

quitea size


takesize nine

shoes) → uso

ortengo el número nueve

I take size 14 (

blouse etc) → uso

ortengo la talla 14

to cut sth→ cortar algo al tamaño que se necesita


→ ¿de qué tamaño→ ¿de qué tamaño

whatsize is the room?

or(LAm) qué tan grande es el cuarto?

what size are you? → ¿qué talla usas

ortienes?, ¿de qué talla eres?

what size shoes do you take? → ¿qué número (de zapato) calzas


what size shirt do you take? → ¿qué talla de camisa tiene

ores la de usted?

he's about→ tiene más o menos tu talla


that's about the size of it→ eso es lo que puedo decirle acerca del asunto, es más o menos eso

to cut sb down to size→ bajar los humos a algn


VT→ clasificar según el tamaño

size up

VT + ADV[+

problem, situation] → evaluar, apreciar; [+

person] they looked at each other, sizing each other up → se miraban el uno al otro, intentando formarse

orhacerse un juicio; (

for a fight) → se miraban el uno al otro, tratando de medir sus fuerzas

I've got her all sized up → la tengo calada

I can't quite size him up → no consigo hacerme una idea clara de cómo es



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dimensions) [

person, head, building, room, country, town] → taille

f; [

estate, area] → étendue

f; [

table, bed, picture, book, object, paper, packet, ball] → taille

f; [

company, business] → taille


The company doubled its size in nine years → La compagnie a doublé de taille en neuf ans.

it's the size of ... → c'est de la taille de ...

the small size [

product] → le petit modèle

the large size [

product] → le grand modèle

cut to size [

carpet] → découpé(e) à la mesure

to cut sb down to size → remettre qn à sa place

clothing] → taille; [

shoes] → pointure


what size do you take?

(in clothes)→ quelle taille faites-vous?;

(in shoes)→ quelle pointure faites-vous?

a jacket three sizes too big → une veste trois tailles trop grandes

I'm a size ten

(UK dress size)→ je fais du trente-huit

I take size six

(UK shoe size)→ je fais du trente-neuf

to try sth on for size → essayer qch

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n(all senses) → Größe


(of problem, operation also)→ Ausmaß

nt; collar/hip/waist

size→ Kragen-/Hüft-/Taillenweite

f; shoe/dress

size→ Schuh-/Kleidergröße

f; bra

size→ BH-Größe

f; it’s the

sizeof a brick → es ist so groß wie ein Ziegelstein; he’s about your

size→ er ist ungefähr so groß wie du; what

sizeis it? → wie groß ist es?; (clothes, shoes, gloves etc) → welche Größe ist es?; it’s quite a

size→ es ist ziemlich groß; it’s two

sizes too big → es ist zwei Nummern zu groß; to cut something to

size→ etw auf die richtige Größe zurechtschneiden; do you want to try it for

size? → möchten Sie es anprobieren, ob es Ihnen passt?; try this one for


(fig inf)→ wie wärs denn damit?; that’s about the

sizeof it

(inf)→ ja, so ungefähr kann man es sagen



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gen) → dimensioni


fig) (

of problem, operation) → proporzioni

fpl; (

of garments) → taglia, misura; (

of shoes) → numero, misura; (

of hat) → misura

I take size 5 shoes → porto il 38 di scarpe

I take size 14 in a dress → porto la 44 di vestiti

what size (of) collar? → che misura di collo?

what size are you?, what size do you take? → che taglia porti?

he's about your size → sarà più o meno come te

it's the size of a brick/nut → sarà grande come un mattone/una noce

I'd like the small/large size (

of soap powder) → vorrei la confezione piccola/grande (

of clothes) → vorrei la misura piccola/grande

to try sth for size → misurare qc per vedere se è della taglia giusta

to cut sth to size → tagliare qc nella misura desiderata


to cut sb down to size (

fig) (

fam) → ridimensionare qn

that's about the size of it (

fig) → le cose stanno più o meno così





wall) → dare una mano di colla a; (

fabric) → apprettare

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1.largeness. an area the size of a football pitch; The size of the problem alarmed us. grootte حَجْم، مَساحَه големина tamanho velikost die Größe størrelse μέγεθοςtamaño, magnitud suurus, mõõtmed اندازه koko taille, dimensionגודל आकार veličina, obujam nagyság, méret ukuran stærð dimensioni 大きさ 크기 dydis, mastas lielums; apjoms ukuran groottestørrelsewielkość اندازه، ميچ، ګچه: جسامت، جوسه، لويوالى: tamanho talie; măsură размер veľkosť velikost veličina storlek ขนาดใหญ่ büyüklük, hacim 大小 об'єм, обсяг حجم quy mô, kích cỡ 大小 of a number of classes in which shoes, dresses

etcare grouped according to measurements. I take size 5 in shoes. grootte حَجْم، مِقْياس размер número velikost die Größe størrelse νούμεροtalla, número (suurus)number شماره ؛ سايز koko tailleמידה नाप mjera, broj méret ukuran stærð, númer taglia 寸法 치수 dydis lielums; izmērs saiz maatstørrelse; nummerrozmiar اندازه número talie, mărime размер veľkosť številka veličina storlek ขนาด ölçü, numara 尺碼 розмір پیمائش، سائز cỡ, số, khổ 尺码



fairly large. His income is quite sizeable, now that he has been promoted. redelik groot كبير доста голям considerável značný groß temmelig stor ευμεγέθηςconsiderable, importante üsna suur بزرگ kookas considérable גָדוֹל לְמָדַי काफी बड़ा, बृहदाकार priličan, povelik jókora cukup besar allmikill, nokkuð stór ragguardevole かなり大きい 꽤 큰, 상당한 크기의 nemenkas, didokas (visai) liels; prāvs cukup besar flink groot ganske stor, anseligspory لږ زيات، نسبتاً ډېر considerável considerabil значительных размеров; порядочный značný; rozmerný precejšen povelik rätt stor, ansenlig ค่อนข้างใหญ่ oldukça büyük 相當大的 такий, що чималого розміру خاصا بڑا khá lớn 相当大的

size up

to form an opinion about a person, situation

etc. He sized up the situation and acted immediately. mening vorm يُقَيِّم الوَضْع، يَسْتَعْرِض النتائِج преценям avaliar zhodnotit abschätzen vurdere σταθμίζω, εκτιμώjuzgar, evaluar (olukorda) hindama, hindavalt uurima كسي يا موقعيتي را ورانداز كردن muodostaa mielipide jauger לַעֲמוֹד עַל טִיבוֹ हालात या किसी व्यक्ति का अंदाजा लगाना ocijeniti, procijeniti felmér menaksir vega og meta, mynda sér skoðun valutare 評価する 평가하다, 판단하다 įvertinti novērtēt menaksir een mening vormen over danne seg et bilde av, ta mål avoceniać په چټكى يو كار كول avaliar a cântări оценивать zhodnotiť presoditi proceniti mäta, bedöma, se vad ngn går för ประมาณการ ölçüp biçmek 估量 скласти думку про آنکنا، اندازہ کرنا ánh gi , ước lượng 估量

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→ حَجْم velikost størrelse Größe μέγεθος tamaño koko taille veličina dimensione サイズ 크기 grootte størrelse rozmiar tamanho размер storlek ขนาด boyut kích cỡ 尺寸

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n.tamaño; [

garments] talla.

English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

  • I'm a
  • sizetwelve (US)I'm asize16 (UK)
  • Do you have this in a larger
  • size? (US)Do you have this in a biggersize? (UK)
  • Do you have this in a smaller
  • size?
  • My feet are a
  • sizeseven (US)My feet are asizesix (UK)

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