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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.
tr.v. sized, siz·ing, siz·es
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; see assize.]

siz′er n.

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.
tr.v. sized, siz·ing, siz·es
To treat or coat with size or a similar substance.

[Middle English sise, probably from Old French, a setting; see size1.]
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size up

vb (adverb)
1. (tr) to make an assessment of (a person, problem, etc)
2. to conform to or make so as to conform to certain specifications of dimension
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.size up - to look at critically or searchingly, or in minute detail; "he scrutinized his likeness in the mirror"
examine, see - observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect; "The customs agent examined the baggage"; "I must see your passport before you can enter the country"
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1. The amount of space occupied by something:
dimension, extent, magnitude, measure, proportion (often used in plural).
2. The quality or state of being large in amount, extent, or importance:
3. Great extent, amount, or dimension:
amplitude, bulk, magnitude, mass, volume (often used in plural).
phrasal verb
size up
To make a judgment as to the worth or value of:
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يُقَيِّم الوَضْع، يَسْتَعْرِض النتائِج
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w>size up

vt sepabschätzen; I can’t quite size him upich werde aus ihm nicht schlau
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(saiz) noun
1. largeness. an area the size of a football pitch; The size of the problem alarmed us.
2. one of a number of classes in which shoes, dresses etc are grouped according to measurements. I take size 5 in shoes.
ˈsizeable adjective
fairly large. His income is quite sizeable, now that he has been promoted.
size up
to form an opinion about a person, situation etc. He sized up the situation and acted immediately.
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