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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: assise 'sitting to make a legal judgment or a judgment on standard amounts', from asseoir 'to seat'


1 noun
size1 S1 W1

how big

[uncountable and countable] 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.

very big

[uncountable] 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.


[countable]DC 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?

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
good-sized/fair-sized/decent-sized (=big enough for a particular purpose)

do something to size

DH 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.

that's about the size of it

spoken used to agree that someone's description of a situation is correct


[uncountable] 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 somebody down to size

at cut down (6)

; ➔ try something on for size

at try1 (2)
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