size up

size up
to look at critically or searchingly, or in minute detail (Freq. 2)

he scrutinized his likeness in the mirror

Syn: ↑take stock, ↑scrutinize, ↑scrutinise
Derivationally related forms: ↑scrutiniser (for: ↑scrutinise), ↑scrutiny (for: ↑scrutinise), ↑scrutinizer (for: ↑scrutinize), ↑scrutiny (for: ↑scrutinize)
Hypernyms: ↑examine, ↑see
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something


Somebody ——s somebody

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assess, appraise, evaluate, take stock of

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transitive verb
: to estimate or ascertain the character and ability (of a person) : form an opinion or judgment (as of a situation)

sizes up the candidate quickly — W.L.Gresham

at the stockyards the steers were sized up by two kinds of buyers — advt

the power to size up a new problem — H.A.Overstreet

: to appear or be known as a result of being sized up

here's the way the situation sizes up in key fields — Newsweek

as the outlook sizes up … at this time — U.S. News & World Report

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size up
To take mental measure of (also figurative)
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Main Entry:size

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ˌsize ˈup [transitive] [he/she/it sizes up present participle sizing up past tense sized up past participle sized up] phrasal verb
to think carefully and form an opinion about a person or a situation

He sized up the situation and immediately decided what to do.

Thesaurus: to think carefully or a lot about thingssynonym to form an opinion, or to have an ideasynonym
Main entry: size

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size up [phrasal verb]
size (something or someone) up or size up (something or someone) informal : to consider (something or someone) in order to form an opinion or conclusion

The news media has been sizing the candidates up.

She quickly sized up the situation.

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Main Entry:size

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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