• To adjust the size of; to make a certain size.
  • To classify or arrange by size.
  • To approximate the dimensions, estimate the size of.
  • To take a greater size; to increase in size.
  • To order food or drink from the buttery; hence, to enter a score, as upon the buttery book.
  • To swell; to increase the bulk of.
  • To apply glue or other primer to a surface which is to be painted.


Narrower meaning words


  • From Middle English syse, sise, from Old French cise, sise, aphetism of assise. Displaced native Middle English grete ("size") (from Old English grietu ("size, greatness")).
  • From Middle English syse, of unclear origin; related to Old Italian sisa, perhaps ultimately related to size / syse, or perhaps shortened from assisa, from assiso

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