- 1Ascertain 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 cabinetsMore 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.
- 1.1Be of (a specified size or degree): the fabric measures 45 inches wideMore example sentences
- An earthquake measuring 5.5 in magnitude rocked the region today.
- That's no problem as the juicer measures a compact 15 inches high by ten inches wide, so it can fit easily into most kitchen cupboards or presses.
- In October an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale struck Japan's Niigata prefecture.
- 1.2Ascertain the size and proportions of (someone) in order to make or provide clothes for them: he will be measured for his tuxedo next weekMore example sentences
- They were tailors, and they promptly began measuring her for clothes.
- It raised its rotting hands, mentally measuring Ben to see what size clothes he was best suited for.
- I am going to measure you and then recommend a bra size.
- 1.3 (measure something out) Take an exact quantity or fixed amount of something: she helped to measure out the ingredientsMore 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.
- 1.4Estimate or assess the extent, quality, value, or effect of (something): it is hard to measure teaching abilityMore 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.
- 1.5 (measure someone/something against) Judge someone or something by comparison with (a certain standard): she did not need to measure herself against some idealMore example sentences
- In 50 years' time, will we still be measuring educational standards against O-levels?
- Districts choose from commercially available standardized tests to measure students against national norms.
- He set standards that all great bowlers are measured against.
- 1.6 [no object] (measure up) Reach the required or expected standard; fulfill expectations: I’m afraid we didn’t measure up to the standards they setMore example sentences
- I had been making my first movie in my head for so long, I don't think anything would have measured up to my standards.
- If the milk measures up to quality standards, it is hooked up to a receiving pump, passed through a filter and forwarded to one of six silos depending on its composition.
- The table below shows how the United States measures up to this simple standard of fairness.
- 1.7Scrutinize (someone) keenly in order to form an assessment of them: the two shook hands and silently measured each other upMore example sentences
- I looked at the family more closely because I could tell that they were measuring me up.
- Narrowed brown eyes studied her, measuring her up.
- She glared at Ellee, measuring her up with her own angry eyes.
- 2Consider (one’s words or actions) carefully: I had better measure my words so as not to embarrass anyoneMore example sentences
- He measures his words carefully as he turns the hide over in his hands.
- What a difference it would make if we measured our words more carefully.
- Today I shall try to measure my words very carefully.
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- 1A plan or course of action taken to achieve a particular purpose: cost-cutting measures children were evacuated as a precautionary measureMore 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.
- 1.1A legislative bill: the Senate passed the measure by a 48-30 voteMore example sentences
- Yet the odds are against the measure as legislated policy.
- In this tidal wave of deregulatory measures, the anti-discrimination legislation escaped almost unscathed.
- German chancellor Gerhard Schroder announced that his cabinet would soon pass measures to outlaw Islamic organisations deemed to have abused their religious status.
- 2A standard unit used to express the size, amount, or degree of something: a furlong is an obsolete measure of length tables of weights and measuresMore example sentences
system, standard, units, scale
- 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.
- 2.1A system or scale of standard measuring units: the original dimensions were in imperial measureMore example sentences
- Often the two sets of data have very different scales of measure, so a bar graph would not work.
- 2.4A standard official amount of an alcoholic drink as served in a licensed establishment.More 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.
- 3A certain quantity or degree of something: the states retain a large measure of independenceMore example sentences
a certain amount, an amount, a certain degree, a degree; some
- This they did with a fair measure of success from the 1940s through to the 1970s.
- Well, if we're all still speaking at the end and the PIC site is being accessed and used, we have a good measure of success.
- There was more than one instance where claws sunk into soft tissue and offered them a small measure of success.
- 3.1An 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.More 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.
- 4The rhythm of a piece of poetry or a piece of music.More 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.
- 4.2North American 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.More 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.
- 4.3 • archaic A dance, typically one that is grave or stately: now tread we a measure!More 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.
- To a very great extent: it irritates him beyond measureMore example sentences
- The previous night had rendered me absolutely useless, as I had stayed up all night working on the next-to-last chapter of my book, and was exhausted beyond measure.
- Relieved beyond measure, he downed the pill gratefully.
- It was perverse beyond measure, but it was not selfish.
for good measure
- In addition to what has already been done, said, or given: he added a couple of chili peppers for good measureMore example sentences
- All the major hits are here with a couple of new tracks thrown in for good measure.
- He didn't let the weakness last long; he shoved me again for good measure.
- There's even some romance thrown in for good measure.
take (or get or have) the measure of
- Assess or have assessed the character, nature, or abilities of (someone or something): he’s got her measure—she won’t fool himMore example sentences
- Until we can break through that, we can't take the measure of what is really representative.
- We spend a lot of time evaluating and taking the measure of markets.
- Doing so would make it easier to find the criminals and to take the measure of any systemic threats.
in —— measure
- To the degree specified: his rapid promotion was due in some measure to his friendship with the CEOMore example sentences
- This is in large measure due to the feeling that the rules of behaviour in international affairs are in the process of being re-written.
- Admiration and irritation are often expressed in equal measure.
- Somehow, it manages to move me and make me laugh in equal measure.
Middle English (as a noun in the senses 'moderation', 'instrument for measuring', 'unit of capacity'): from Old French mesure, from Latin mensura, from mens- 'measured', from the verb metiri.