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  1. meas·ure
    IPA[ˈmeZHər]
  2. verb

    • 1. ascertain the size, amount, or degree of (something) by using an instrument or device marked in standard units or by comparing it with an object of known size:

      the amount of water collected is measured in pints they will measure up the room and install the cabinets
      Synonym : take the measurements of, calculate, compute, estimate, count, meter, quantify, weigh, size, evaluate, rate, assess, appraise, gauge, plumb, measure out, determine, judge, survey
    • 2. be of (a specified size or degree):

      the fabric measures 45 inches wide
    • 3. ascertain the size and proportions of (someone) in order to make or provide clothes for them:

      he will be measured for his tuxedo next week
    • 4. take an exact quantity or fixed amount of something:

      she helped to measure out the ingredients
    • 5. estimate or assess the extent, quality, value, or effect of (something):

      it is hard to measure teaching ability
      Synonym : choose carefully, select with care, consider, think carefully about, plan, calculate
    • 6. judge someone or something by comparison with (a certain standard):

      she did not need to measure herself against some ideal
      Synonym : compare with, contrast with, put into competition with, pit, set, match, test, judge
    • 7. reach the required or expected standard; fulfill expectations:

      I'm afraid we didn't measure up to the standards they set
    • 8. scrutinize (someone) keenly in order to form an assessment of them:

      the two shook hands and silently measured each other up
    • 9. travel over (a certain distance or area):

      we must measure twenty miles today

    noun

    • 1. a plan or course of action taken to achieve a particular purpose:

      cost-cutting measures children were evacuated as a precautionary measure
      Synonym : action, act, course, course of action, deed, proceeding, procedure, step, means, expedient, maneuver, initiative, program, operation, control, legal action
    • 2. a legislative bill:

      the Senate passed the measure by a 48–30 vote
    • 3. punishment or retribution imposed or inflicted on someone:

      Sir Walter had hard measure dealt out to him by his vain and weak sovereign
    • 4. a standard unit used to express the size, amount, or degree of something:

      a furlong is an obsolete measure of length tables of weights and measures
      Synonym : system, standard, units, scale
    • 5. a system or scale of standard measuring units:

      the original dimensions were in imperial measure
    • 6. a particular amount of something:

      a measure of egg white as a binding agent
    • 7. a standard official amount of an alcoholic drink as served in a licensed establishment:

      heavy drinking may be five measures of spirits per day
    • 8. a container of standard capacity used for taking fixed amounts of a substance:

      gifts have included silver measures from a whiskey company
    • 9. a graduated rod or tape used for ascertaining the size of something:

      most schools had only metric measures available
    • 10. a quantity contained in another an exact number of times; a divisor.

    • 11. the width of a full line of type or print, typically expressed in picas.

    • 12. a certain quantity or degree of something:

      the states retain a large measure of independence
      Synonym : certain amount, amount, degree, quantity
    • 13. an indication or means of assessing the degree, extent, or quality of something:

      it was a measure of the team's problems that they were still working after 2 a.m.
    • 14. the rhythm of a piece of poetry or a piece of music.

      Synonym : meter, cadence, rhythm, foot
    • 15. a particular metrical unit or group:

      measures of two or three syllables are more frequent in English prose
    • 16. any of the sections, typically of equal time value, into which a musical composition is divided, shown on a score by vertical lines across the staff; bar.

    • 17. a dance, typically one that is grave or stately:

      now tread we a measure!
      Synonym : dance, step, caper, hop
    • 18. a group of rock strata.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: measure, plural noun: measures

    • v.: verb: measure, 3rd person present: measures, gerund or present participle: measuring, past tense: measured, past participle: measured

    • verb

      ascertain the size, amount, or degree of (something) by using an instrument or device marked in standard units:

      be of (a specified size or degree):

    • noun

      a plan or course of action taken to achieve a particular purpose:

      a legislative bill:

    • adjective

      having a slow, regular rhythm:

      (of speech or writing) carefully considered; deliberate and restrained:

    • adjective

      denoting an instrument or device used to ascertain the size, amount, or degree of something:
    • adjective

      having a slow, regular rhythm:

      (of speech or writing) carefully considered and restrained:

    • adjective

      denoting an instrument or device used to ascertain the size, amount, or degree of something:
    • to the degree specified
    • to a very great extent
    • noun

      a unit of measurement relating to area.
    • noun

      a measure of volume for loose dry commodities such as grain, tea, and sugar.
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