Definition of size noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//saɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//saɪz//
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    how large/small
  1. 1  [uncountable, countable] how large or small a person or thing is an area the size of (= the same size as) Wales They complained about the size of their gas bill. Dogs come in all shapes and sizes. The facilities are excellent for a town that size. The kitchen is a good size (= not small). It's similar in size to a tomato.
  2. 2  [uncountable] the large amount or extent of something You should have seen the size of their house! We were shocked at the size of his debts.
  3. of clothes/shoes/goods
  4. 3  [countable, uncountable] one of a number of standard measurements in which clothes, shoes and other goods are made and sold The jacket was the wrong size. It's not my size. They didn't have the jacket in my size. She's a size 12 in clothes. The hats are made in three sizes: small, medium and large. I need a bigger/smaller size. What size do you take? She takes (a) size 5 in shoes. Do you have these shoes in (a) size 5? Try this one for size (= to see if it is the correct size). The glass can be cut to size (= cut to the exact measurements) for you. see also plus size
  5. To ask about the size of something, you usually sayHow big? You useWhat size? to ask about something that is produced in fixed measurements.
  6. 4(in adjectives) having the size mentioned a medium-sized house Cut it into bite-size pieces. see also king-size, man-sized, pint-sized, plus-size, queen-size
  7. sticky substance
  8. 5[uncountable] a sticky substance that is used for making material stiff or for preparing walls for wallpaper
  9. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 4 Middle English (also in the sense ‘assize, ordinance fixing a rate of payment’): from Old French sise, from assise ‘ordinance’, or a shortening of assize (see assizes). noun sense 5 Middle English: perhaps the same word as size in its other senses.Extra examples A city’s size is determined by the extent of its market area. Brushes come in various sizes. Children’s sizes don’t fit her any more. Despite its diminutive size, the car is quite comfortable. Does this dress come in a bigger size? From the size of the crowds outside, it was a very good movie. Given the size of the task, he won’t have time to do anything else. Have you got this dress in a Size 12? He eats a lot in proportion to his body size. Her knee swelled to twice its normal size. Houses increase in size as you travel further from the city. How do the samples compare in size? I changed the font size on the document. I couldn’t find the blouse in my size. I had to guess at the size of the batteries. I have to wear children’s shoes because the women’s sizes don’t fit me. In surfing, size matters: big waves are beautiful. Michael wears size 10 shoes. New radiators come in metric sizes. Only a limited number of the fish will grow to reach adult size. Our customers come in all shapes and sizes. She has almost doubled the size of her investments. The 5-litre size comes in a metal tin. The bricks come in four sizes. The city has doubled in size in the last twenty years. The company is now going to make these products in larger sizes. The company is reducing the size of its workforce. The dog’s diminutive size is attractive to many people. The fish grow to a maximum size of 50 cm. The half-gallon size comes in a metal can. The jacket is several sizes too large for him. The kitchen is (of) a fair size. The ladder is a handy size for using in the house. The larger the serving size, the more you’re likely to eat. The relative size of the middle class has been steadily shrinking. The ring is shown actual size in the illustration. The sheer size of these dinosaurs was their main defence. The size of her audience varied. The standard size for the tiles is 12 inches. The unit’s compact size makes it an ideal travel companion. The vast size of the country made it difficult to govern. Their house is twice the size of ours. Their smaller size allowed for greater acceleration. Their website has grown in size and scope. Their weight is small relative to their size. There are people of all shapes and size in the judo class. These insects range in size from 2 to 5cm. These insects range in size from one to two inches. What size are you= for shoes or clothes? XL fits chest sizes 44 to 50. a life-size model of a Roman soldier classes of manageable size the reduced size of the show to shrink the size of government windows of varying sizes It’s an area the size of New Jersey. It’s similar in size to a tomato. They are intending to expand the size of the farm by buying new land.Idioms
    cut somebody down to size
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    to show somebody that they are not as important as they think they are
    that’s about the size of it
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    (informal) that’s how the situation seems to be ‘So they won't pay up?’ ‘That's about the size of it.’
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: size