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measure
American English: /ˈmɛʒər/
British English: /ˈmɛʒə/

Translation of measure in Spanish:

noun

  • 1 1.1 uncountable (system) liquid/dry measure
    medida para líquidos/áridos
    beyond measure [literary]
    Example sentences
    • Often the two sets of data have very different scales of measure, so a bar graph would not work.
    1.2, , , , , , countable (unit)
    Example sentences
    • Most confusing are the measures of kilos, hectares, kilometers, centimeters, and grams.
    • It was an old one, with weight and measures on the top.
    • Invariable uniformity of value in the currency, has a relation to the interests of the people, similar to that of uniformity of weights and measures.
    1.3 countable or uncountable (amount) mix equal measures of flour and sugar
    mezclar harina y azúcar en cantidades iguales
    I wasn't given full measure
    no me dieron lo que (me) merecía
    with a (certain) measure of success
    con cierto éxito
    they were granted a considerable measure of autonomy
    se les concedió un grado considerable de autonomía
    in some measure [formal]
    en cierta medida
    in large o great o no small measure [formal]
    en gran medida
    en gran parte
    for good measuretake two for good measure
    lleva dos por si acaso or para que no vaya a faltar
    she threw in an extra one for good measure
    me dio una de regalo or (in Latin America also) de ñapa or (in Southern Cone, Peru also) de yapa
    Example sentences
    • Don't let the late-night munchies make you pay £1.50 for a Mars bar or £6 for a single measure of spirits.
    1.4 countable or uncountable (size)
    (British English)
    he had it made to measure
    se lo mandó hacer a (la) medida
    the true measure of the problem
    la verdadera magnitud or envergadura del problema
    to have the measure of something/somebodyfortunately I had his measure o the measure of him
    por suerte yo ya lo tenía calado [colloquial]
    I think I have the measure of it now
    creo que le he agarrado la onda or (Spain) cogido el tranquillo [colloquial]
  • 2 countable 2.1 (device) a pint/yard measure
    una medida de una pinta/yarda
    2.2 (indicator, yardstick) (no plural) this will give you a measure of the problem
    esto te dará una idea de la magnitud or la envergadura del problema
    Example sentences
    • It would at least have given a clear measure of the extent of anti-agreement sentiment in the unionist community.
    • It is a measure of the quality you can expect to hear, however, that whatever you pay to see them will probably be worth it.
    • I'm happy to accept this wager as a measure of the quality of my predictions about the long term sustainability of commons-based peer production.
  • 3 countable (step) to take measures to + infinitive
    tomar medidas para + infinitive
    we'll have to take drastic measures to prevent it
    tendremos que tomar medidas drásticas para impedirlo
    Example sentences
    • A company spokesman said no further cost-cutting measures were planned for its Irish operations.
    • It said cost-cutting measures and cost control remain the focus for more than one-third of organisations in 2004.
    • Banks will also be asked to draw up measures to achieve gender equality, and agree a plan for achieving targets.
  • 4 4.1 countable (foot) (Literat) 4.2 countable or uncountable (beat) (Literat)
    Example sentences
    • The golden measure of poetry does not yet exist, only the rhythm of the maracas, the exact sound of the kettledrum.
    • The show coasted on sheer mastery of compas, the rhythmic measure that defines all flamenco, and on the charisma of the artists probing the art's dark and light moods.
    4.3 countable
    (American English) (Music)
    Example sentences
    • Play the last four notes of each measure staccato, or make a crescendo into the next measure.
    • We sense the tragedy of the poetic ballad and the noble lineage of its characters in the very opening measures of the musical rendering.
    • There are rarely more than four measures of music without a voice-over.
    4.4 countable (dance) [archaic or liter]to tread a measure
    Example sentences
    • The birds twitter, the horn calls back, the mountain folk dance a droll measure, and all's right with the Alpine world.
    • Ben watched with amazement that turned to pride as Hoss delicately guided Alberta Evans into the first few measures of the dance.
    • Ian laughed lightly and then swept her into the first measure of the dance.

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1
    (length/speed/waist)
    he went to be measured for a suit
    fue a que le tomaran las medidas para un traje
    to measure one's length (on the ground)
    medir el suelo (con el cuerpo)
    he measured his length on the ground
    midió el suelo (con el cuerpo)
    1.2 (mark off, count) he measured 6oz of flour
    pesó 6 onzas de harina
    Example sentences
    • However, compared to how much it costs to buy a small 1/2 lb block of chocolate normally, it turned out to be good value, and it keeps well if you store it in a cool dark place, not to mention the ease with which you can measure it out!
    • Mama took some time cutting the sugar-cake and I was certain it was because she was measuring it out, making sure everyone got the same sized piece.
    • I don't measure them out in coffee spoons, you know.
    Example sentences
    • Either measure the amount in ounces or measure the depth of water in each jar.
    • A nautical instrument used to measure the altitude of stars and planets in the sky in order to determine a ship's exact direction.
    • Devices that measure the evaporation of water such as atmometers may be useful.
  • 2 (assess) to measure something against something
    comparar algo con algo
    she was eager to measure herself against the opposition
    estaba ansiosa por enfrentarse a su contrincante or por medir armas con su contrincante
    Example sentences
    • Many corporations are recognizing the importance of measuring a variety of factors, says Hoog.
    • It's very hard for me to measure the success of that.
    • Contemporary buildings have long lost their ability to accurately measure the urban significance of what they hold.

intransitive verb

  • it measures 10ft across
    mide or tiene 10 pies de ancho
    what does it measure?
    ¿cuánto mide?

Phrasal verbs

measure off

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
(length/area)

measure out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
(length)
(weight)

measure up

1verb + adverb 1.1 (be adequate)
estar a la altura de las circunstancias
to measure up to something
estar a la altura de algo
1.2 (take measurements)
tomar las medidas
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1 (take measurements of)
(cloth/wood)
to measure somebody up for a suit
tomarle las medidas a alguien para un traje
2.2 (assess)
(situation/possibilities)

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