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English adjective: size

1. size (used in combination) sized

SamplesThe economy-size package.
Average-size house.


Domain usagecombining form


English noun: size

1. size (attribute) the physical magnitude of something (how big it is)

SamplesA wolf is about the size of a large dog.

Broader (hypernym)magnitude

Narrower (hyponym)bigness, circumference, distance, largeness, length, littleness, perimeter, smallness

Attributebig, large, little, small

2. size (attribute) the property resulting from being one of a series of graduated measurements (as of clothing)

SamplesHe wears a size 13 shoe.

Broader (hypernym)property

Narrower (hyponym)4to, 8vo, eightvo, extra large, large, number, octavo, outsize, petite, quarto, regular, small, stout, tall

3. size (substance) any glutinous material used to fill pores in surfaces or to stiffen fabrics

SamplesSize gives body to a fabric.


Broader (hypernym)filler

4. size (state) the actual state of affairs

SamplesThat's the size of the situation.
She hates me, that's about the size of it.

Synonymssize of it

Broader (hypernym)situation, state of affairs

Domain usagecolloquialism

5. size (attribute) a large magnitude

SamplesHe blanched when he saw the size of the bill.
The only city of any size in that area.

Broader (hypernym)magnitude

English verb: size

1. size (contact) cover or stiffen or glaze a porous material with size or sizing (a glutinous substance)

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)coat, surface

2. size (cognition) sort according to size

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)assort, class, classify, separate, sort, sort out

3. size (change) make to a size; bring to a suitable size

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change magnitude

Narrower (hyponym)resize, scale

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