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Meaning of “size” in the English Dictionary

"size" in British English

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sizenoun

uk   us   /saɪz/
  • size noun (AMOUNT)

A2 [C or U] how ​large or ​small something or someone is: We are ​concerned about the size of ​ourdebt. Some ​kinds of ​treesgrow to a ​huge size. What is the size of that ​window? The ​field was about ten ​acres in size. He had a ​lump on his ​head the size of (= the same size as) an ​egg. The ​baby is a good size (= ​quitelarge). I was ​amazed at the size of ​theirkitchen (= it was very ​big).

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  • size noun (MEASURE)

A2 [C] one of the ​standardmeasuresaccording to which ​goods are made or ​sold: a size 14 ​dress Do these ​shoes come (= are they made) in children's sizes? What size are you?/What is ​your size?/What size do you take? Would you like to try the ​coat (on) for size (= ​see how well it ​fits you), ​sir? We'll need to get the ​carpetcut to size (= ​cut so that it ​fits).

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  • size noun (GLUE)

[U] specialized fabrics a ​substance like ​glue that gives ​stiffness and a hard, ​shinysurface to ​cloth, ​paper, etc.

sizeverb [T]

uk   us   /saɪz/
(Definition of size from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"size" in American English

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sizenoun

 us   /sɑɪz/
  • size noun (DEGREE)

[C/U] the ​degree to which something or someone is ​large or ​small: [C] an ​average size [U] to ​double in size [U] Have you ​seen the size of ​theirhouse? [C] Skirts come in many ​colors and sizes. [U] The ​camera is ​roughly the size of a business-card ​case.
  • size noun (MEASURE)

[C] one of the ​standardmeasuresaccording to which ​goods are made or ​sold: She ​generallywears a size 12. What is ​yourshoe size? The ​boxes come in many sizes.

sizeadjective

 us   /ˌsɑɪz/ (also sized,  /ˌsɑɪzd/ )
  • size adjective (OF PARTICULAR DEGREE)

of a ​particular size: The ​house is ​tiny, just three medium-size ​rooms and a ​kitchen. We can give you a ​specialrentalrate on a full-sized ​car (= a ​largecar).
(Definition of size from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"size" in Business English

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sizenoun

uk   us   /saɪz/
[C] MEASURES one of the ​standardmeasures according to which things are made or ​sold: a size 14 ​dress The ​products come in three sizes.
[C or U] how ​big or ​small something is: The ​maximumloan size is €125,000. Voters were angry at the size of the ​budgetdeficit. No matter what size ​company you ​work for, you will learn ​valuable lessons about how to ​find your ​customers and ​reach out to them. Regardless of size and ​industry, most ​organizations devote considerable ​time and ​resources to ​developingunique, ​profitableareas of ​competence. Despite the ​potential market size, no ​bank was interested in their ​proposal.double/triple/quadruple in size The ​sharesale will ​enable the ​company to ​double in size over the next three ​years.
one size fits all the ​idea that one set of ​rules, one ​solution, etc. is suitable for any ​situation: The ​majorcharitablefoundations were ​working on the ​assumption that one size ​fits all. When it comes to choosing an ​onlinebroker, one size doesn't always ​fit all.

sizeverb [T]

uk   us   /saɪz/
to make something a particular size: Word ​allows you to size the ​font in a ​document.
to ​measure how ​big or ​small something is: Demographic ​data is ​critical in helping ​companies size their ​markets.
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(Definition of size from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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