1 magnitude, largeness, bigness, bulk, extent, scope, range, dimensions, proportions, measurement(s), expanse, area, square footage, volume, mass, weight; hugeness, immensity, greatness, vastness, enormousness:
How do astronomers determine the distance and size of stellar objects? A shape of extraordinary size suddenly loomed up in the darkness.
2 dimension, measure:
The furnishings are sized in proportion to these miniature room displays
3 size up. assess, judge, evaluate, measure, take the measure of, appraise, assay, make an estimate of, estimate, value, gauge, rate:
She looked him up and down, sizing him up as a prospective husband.
1 how big or small sth is
fair, good, great, impressive,
large, massive, substantial, vast
The kitchen is (of) a fair size. The vast size of the country made it difficult to govern.
| diminutive, limited, modest, small
Despite its diminutive size, the car is quite comfortable.
| average, medium, middle, moderate, reasonable, sufficient | overall, total | sheer, very
The sheer size of these dinosaurs was their main defence.
| appropriate, convenient,
correct, desirable, handy,
manageable, optimum, right
The ladder is a handy size for using in the house. classes of manageable size
| wrong | comparable, equivalent, similar | standard, uniform
The standard size for the tiles is 300mm square. | non-standard | maximum,
The fish grow to a maximum size of 50cm.
| actual, full, life
The ring is shown actual size in the illustration. a life-size model of a Roman soldier
| class, family, group, household, market, population, sample
VERB + SIZE
increase | decrease, limit, reduce
The company is reducing the size of its workforce.
| double in, grow in, increase in
Houses increase in size further away from the city centre.
| be reduced in, decline in, decrease in, diminish in | differ in, range in, vary in
These insects range in size from 2 to 5cm.
| grow to, reach | estimate, guess (at)
I had to guess at the size of the batteries.
| overestimate, underestimate
SIZE + VERB
increase | decline, decrease, fall | range from, vary
The size of her audience varied.
from the ~ of
From the size of the queues outside the cinema, it was a very good film.
| in ~
How do the samples compare in size?
| in the ~ of
the increase in the size of the population
half, two, three, etc. times the size of sth
Their house is twice the size of ours.
| shapes and sizes
There are people of all shapes and size in the judo class.
2 one of a number of fixed measurements
large, medium, small
The company is now going to make these products in larger sizes.
| 2-litre, 4-pound, etc.
The 5-litre size comes in a metal tin.
| imperial, metric
New radiators come in metric sizes.
| children's, men's, women's | chest, collar, foot ‘Extra large’ fits chest sizes 44 to 50. | bra, shoe
VERB + SIZE
What size are you (= for shoes or clothes)? What size do you take?
| find sth in, get sth in
I couldn't find the blouse in my size.
| be available in, come in
The bricks come in four sizes.
SIZE + VERB
I have to wear children's shoes because the women's sizes don't fit me.
in a/your ~
Have you got this dress in a Size 12?
be a size too big, small, etc.
The jacket is several sizes too large for him.
| Size 2, 10, etc.
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