mea|sure1 W2S2 [ˈmeʒə US -ər] v
1.) [T]
to find the size, length, or amount of something, using standard units such as ↑inches, metres etc
The rainfall was measured over a three-month period.
measure sb for sth
(=measure someone in order to make clothes for them)
She was being measured for her wedding dress.
measure sth in sth
We can measure the energy that food provides in calories.
measuring jug/cup/tape
(=one used for measuring)
2.) [T]
to judge the importance, value, or true nature of something
= ↑assess
Doctors say it is too early to measure the effectiveness of the drug.
measure sth by sth
Education shouldn't be measured purely by examination results.
3.) [linking verb]
to be a particular size, length, or amount
The room measures 6x6 metres.
The earthquake measured 6.5 on the Richter scale.
4.) [T]
if a piece of equipment measures something, it shows or records a particular kind of measurement
An odometer measures the number of miles your car travels.
measure against / [measure sb/sth against sb/sth] phr v
to judge someone or something by comparing them with another person or thing
Bridget did not think she had to measure herself against some ideal standard.
Measured against our budget last year, $2.7 million seems small.
measure off [measure sth<=>off] phr v
to measure a particular length or distance, and make a mark so that you can see the beginning and end
He measured off three yards of rope.
measure out [measure sth<=>out] phr v
to take a specific amount of liquid, powder etc from a larger amount
Measure out 100 grams of flour.
measure up phr v
1.) to be good enough to do a particular job or to reach a particular standard
We'll give you a week's trial in the job to see how you measure up.
measure up to
How will the Secretary General measure up to his new responsibilities?
2.) to measure something before you do something, for example before you put in new furniture, cupboards etc
I'd better measure up before I start laying the carpet.
measure sth<=>up
Measure up any items that you want to keep in the kitchen.
measure 2
measure2 W3 n
2 half measures
5¦(unit of measurement)¦
6 in large measure/in some measure
7 in equal measure
8 for good measure
9 beyond measure
10 the full measure of something
11 in full measure
12 have/get the measure of something
13 have/get the measure of somebody
14¦(thing used for measuring)¦
[Date: 1100-1200; : Old French; Origin: mesure, from Latin mensura, from metiri 'to measure']
1.) ¦(ACTION)¦
an action, especially an official one, that is intended to deal with a particular problem
= ↑step
Measures are being taken to reduce crime in the city.
drastic/tough/extreme etc measures
drastic measures to reduce traffic problems
New safety measures were being demanded after last night's horrific train crash.
The new bridge was erected as a temporary measure to replace the one which was destroyed by floods.
precautionary/preventative measure
(=something done to stop something bad from happening)
He was kept in hospital overnight as a precautionary measure.
2.) half measures
things done to deal with a difficult situation that are not effective or firm enough
This was no time for half measures and compromises.
3.) ¦(SIGN/PROOF)¦
be a measure of sth
formal be a sign of the importance, strength etc of something, or a way of testing or judging something
The flowers and tears at the funeral were a measure of the people's love for her.
Exam results are not necessarily a true measure of a student's abilities.
4.) ¦(AMOUNT)¦
a measure of sth
an amount of something good or something that you want, for example success or freedom
The new law gives local governments a significant measure of control over their own finances.
I met a number of sportsmen who had achieved a measure of success (=some success) .
a) an amount or unit in a measuring system
a table of weights and measures
b) a standard amount of an alcoholic drink
6.) in large measure/in some measure
a lot or quite a lot - used when talking about the reason or cause of something
The improvements are due in large measure to his leadership.
7.) in equal measure
used when the amount of one thing is the same as the amount of another thing
I was angry and embarrassed in equal measure.
8.) for good measure
in addition to what you have already done, given, or included
Why don't you try phoning them one more time, for good measure?
9.) beyond measure
very much or very great - used when you want to emphasize what you are saying
Her work has improved beyond measure .
10.) the full measure of sth
formal the whole of something
Ralph received the full measure of his mother's devotion.
11.) in full measure
formal if someone gives something back in full measure, they give back as much as they received
They returned our hospitality in full measure.
12.) have/get the measure of sth
to become familiar with something, so that you can control or deal with it
13.) have/get the measure of sb
BrE to know what someone's strengths and weaknesses are, so that you are able to deal with them or defeat them
She soon got the measure of her opponent.
something used for measuring, for example a piece of wood or a container
15.) ¦(MUSIC)¦
a group of notes and ↑rests, separated from other groups by vertical lines, into which a piece of music is divided
British Equivalent: bar
give sb short measure atshort1 (23)

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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