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from "Roses of the South," a waltz by Johann Strauss the Younger


a. A reference standard or sample used for the quantitative comparison of properties: The standard kilogram is maintained as a measure of mass.
b. A unit specified by a scale, such as an inch, or by variable conditions, such as a day's march.
c. A system of measurement, such as the metric system.
d. The dimensions, quantity, or capacity of something as ascertained by comparison with a standard: curtains made to measure; took his measure for the suit jacket.
e. A device used for measuring.
f. The act of measuring: By measure the picture was four feet tall.
2. An evaluation or a basis of comparison: "the final measure of the worth of a society" (Joseph Wood Krutch).
3. Extent or degree: The problem was in large measure caused by his carelessness.
a. A definite quantity that has been measured out: a measure of wine.
b. A fitting amount: a measure of recognition.
c. A limited amount or degree: a measure of goodwill.
a. Limit; bounds: generosity knowing no measure.
b. Appropriate restraint; moderation: "The union of ... fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal" (William James).
a. An action taken as a means to an end; an expedient: measures taken to improve energy efficiency.
b. A law or ballot initiative adopted by a legislature as a remedy for a problem.
a. Poetic meter.
b. Music The metric unit between two bars on the staff; a bar.
v. meas·ured, meas·ur·ing, meas·ures
a. To ascertain the dimensions, quantity, or capacity of: measured the height of the ceiling.
b. To mark, lay out, or establish dimensions for by measuring: measure off an area.
c. To mark off or apportion, usually with reference to a given unit of measurement: measure out a pint of milk.
d. To allot or distribute as if by measuring; mete: The revolutionary tribunal measured out harsh justice.
a. To estimate by evaluation or comparison: "I gave them an account ... of the situation as far as I could measure it" (Winston S. Churchill).
b. To bring into comparison: She measured her power with that of a dangerous adversary.
3. To serve as a measure of: The inch measures length.
4. To consider or choose with care; weigh: He measures his words with caution.
5. Archaic To travel over: "We must measure twenty miles today" (Shakespeare).
1. To be of a specific measurement: The room measures 12 by 20 feet.
2. To take a measurement.
3. To allow of measurement: White sugar measures more easily than brown.
Phrasal Verb:
measure up
1. To be the equal of something; have similar quality.
2. To have the necessary qualifications: a candidate who just didn't measure up.
beyond measure
1. In excess.
2. Without limit.
for good measure
In addition to the required amount.
in a/some measure
To a degree: The new law was in a measure harmful.

[Middle English, from Old French mesure, from Latin mēnsūra, from mēnsus, past participle of mētīrī, to measure; see mē- in Indo-European roots.]

meas′ur·er n.


1. the extent, quantity, amount, or degree of something, as determined by measurement or calculation
2. a device for measuring distance, volume, etc, such as a graduated scale or container
3. a system of measurement: give the size in metric measure.
4. a standard used in a system of measurements: the international prototype kilogram is the measure of mass in SI units.
5. a specific or standard amount of something: a measure of grain; short measure; full measure.
6. a basis or standard for comparison: his work was the measure of all subsequent attempts.
7. reasonable or permissible limit or bounds: we must keep it within measure.
8. degree or extent (often in phrases such as in some measure, in a measure, etc): they gave him a measure of freedom.
9. (often plural) a particular action intended to achieve an effect: they took measures to prevent his leaving.
10. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a legislative bill, act, or resolution: to bring in a measure.
11. (Music, other) music another word for bar115a
12. (Poetry) prosody poetic rhythm or cadence; metre
13. (Poetry) a metrical foot
14. (Music, other) poetic a melody or tune
15. the act of measuring; measurement
16. (Dancing) archaic a dance
17. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing the width of a page or column of type
18. for good measure as an extra precaution or beyond requirements
19. get the measure of someone get someone's measure to assess the nature, character, quality, etc, of someone
20. (Clothing & Fashion) made to measure (of clothes) made to fit an individual purchaser
21. (often foll by: up) to determine the size, amount, etc, of by measurement
22. (intr) to make a measurement or measurements
23. (tr) to estimate or determine: I measured his strength to be greater than mine.
24. (tr) to function as a measurement of: the ohm measures electrical resistance.
25. (tr) to bring into competition or conflict: he measured his strength against that of his opponent.
26. (intr) to be as specified in extent, amount, etc: the room measures six feet.
27. (tr) to travel or move over as if measuring
28. (tr) to adjust or choose: he measured his approach to suit the character of his client.
29. (intr) to allow or yield to measurement
[C13: from Old French, from Latin mēnsūra measure, from mēnsus, past participle of mētīrī to measure]
ˈmeasurer n


(ˈmɛʒ ər)

n., v. -ured, -ur•ing. n.
1. a unit or standard of measurement.
2. a system of measurement.
3. an instrument, as a graduated rod or a container of standard capacity, for measuring.
4. the extent, dimensions, quantity, etc., of something, ascertained esp. by comparison with a standard.
5. the act or process of ascertaining the extent, dimensions, or quantity of something; measurement.
6. a definite or known quantity measured out: a measure of wine.
7. any standard of comparison, estimation, or judgment.
8. a quantity, degree, or proportion.
9. a moderate amount.
10. reasonable bounds or limits: spending without measure.
11. a legislative bill or enactment.
12. Usu., measures. actions or procedures intended as a means to an end: measures to avert suspicion.
13. a short rhythmical movement or arrangement, as in poetry or music.
14. a particular kind of such arrangement.
15. the music contained between two bar lines; bar.
16. a metrical unit.
17. an air or melody.
18. a slow, dignified dance.
19. measures, Geol. beds; strata.
20. to ascertain the extent, dimensions, quantity, capacity, etc., of, esp. by comparison with a standard.
21. to mark off or deal out by way of measurement (often fol. by off or out): to measure out a cup of flour.
22. to estimate the relative amount, value, etc., of, by comparison with some standard.
23. to judge or appraise by comparison with something or someone else.
24. to serve as the measure of.
25. to adjust or proportion.
26. to travel over; traverse.
27. to take measurements.
28. to admit of measurement.
29. to be of a specified measure.
30. measure up,
a. to attain equality: The exhibition didn't measure up to last year's.
b. to have the right qualifications: He didn't quite measure up.
1. for good measure, as an extra: In addition to dessert, they served chocolates for good measure.
2. in a or some measure, to some extent.
[1250–1300; < Middle French < Latin mēnsūra=mēns(us) measured + -ūra -ure]


1. 'measurement'

A measurement is a result obtained by measuring something.

Check the measurements carefully.
Every measurement was exact.
2. 'measure'

You do not use 'measurement' to refer to an action taken by a government. The word you use is measure.

Measures had been taken to limit the economic decline.
Day nurseries were started as a war-time measure to allow mothers to work.


Past participle: measured
Gerund: measuring

I measure
you measure
he/she/it measures
we measure
you measure
they measure
I measured
you measured
he/she/it measured
we measured
you measured
they measured
Present Continuous
I am measuring
you are measuring
he/she/it is measuring
we are measuring
you are measuring
they are measuring
Present Perfect
I have measured
you have measured
he/she/it has measured
we have measured
you have measured
they have measured
Past Continuous
I was measuring
you were measuring
he/she/it was measuring
we were measuring
you were measuring
they were measuring
Past Perfect
I had measured
you had measured
he/she/it had measured
we had measured
you had measured
they had measured
I will measure
you will measure
he/she/it will measure
we will measure
you will measure
they will measure
Future Perfect
I will have measured
you will have measured
he/she/it will have measured
we will have measured
you will have measured
they will have measured
Future Continuous
I will be measuring
you will be measuring
he/she/it will be measuring
we will be measuring
you will be measuring
they will be measuring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been measuring
you have been measuring
he/she/it has been measuring
we have been measuring
you have been measuring
they have been measuring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been measuring
you will have been measuring
he/she/it will have been measuring
we will have been measuring
you will have been measuring
they will have been measuring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been measuring
you had been measuring
he/she/it had been measuring
we had been measuring
you had been measuring
they had been measuring
I would measure
you would measure
he/she/it would measure
we would measure
you would measure
they would measure
Past Conditional
I would have measured
you would have measured
he/she/it would have measured
we would have measured
you would have measured
they would have measured
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.measure - any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal; "the situation called for strong measures"; "the police took steps to reduce crime"
tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvre, maneuver, manoeuvre - a move made to gain a tactical end
countermeasure - an action taken to offset another action
porcupine provision, shark repellent - a measure undertaken by a corporation to discourage unwanted takeover attempts
precaution, safeguard, guard - a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.; "he put an ice pack on the injury as a precaution"; "an insurance policy is a good safeguard"; "we let our guard down"
2.measure - how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantifymeasure - how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify
abstract entity, abstraction - a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples
probability, chance - a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; a number expressing the ratio of favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible; "the probability that an unbiased coin will fall with the head up is 0.5"
quantum - (physics) the smallest discrete quantity of some physical property that a system can possess (according to quantum theory)
economic value, value - the amount (of money or goods or services) that is considered to be a fair equivalent for something else; "he tried to estimate the value of the produce at normal prices"
fundamental measure, fundamental quantity - one of the four quantities that are the basis of systems of measurement
definite quantity - a specific measure of amount
indefinite quantity - an estimated quantity
relative quantity - a quantity relative to some purpose
system of measurement, metric - a system of related measures that facilitates the quantification of some particular characteristic
cordage - the amount of wood in an area as measured in cords
octane number, octane rating - a measure of the antiknock properties of gasoline
magnetisation, magnetization - the extent or degree to which something is magnetized
radical - (mathematics) a quantity expressed as the root of another quantity
volume - the amount of 3-dimensional space occupied by an object; "the gas expanded to twice its original volume"
volume - a relative amount; "mix one volume of the solution with ten volumes of water"
proof - a measure of alcoholic strength expressed as an integer twice the percentage of alcohol present (by volume)
time unit, unit of time - a unit for measuring time periods
point in time, point - an instant of time; "at that point I had to leave"
period of play, playing period, play - (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds; "rain stopped play in the 4th inning"
interval, time interval - a definite length of time marked off by two instants
3.measure - a statute in draft before it becomes lawmeasure - a statute in draft before it becomes law; "they held a public hearing on the bill"
rider - a clause that is appended to a legislative bill
legal document, legal instrument, official document, instrument - (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
appropriation bill - a legislative act proposing to authorize the expenditure of public funds for a specified purpose
bill of attainder - a legislative act finding a person guilty of treason or felony without a trial; "bills of attainder are prohibited by the Constitution of the United States"
bottle bill - a statute that would require merchants to reclaim used bottles
farm bill - a statute that would regulate farm production and prices
trade bill - a statute that would regulate foreign trade
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
4.measure - the act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rulemeasure - the act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule; "the measurements were carefully done"; "his mental measurings proved remarkably accurate"
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
seismography - the measurement of tremors and shocks and undulatory movements of earthquakes
quantitative analysis, quantitative chemical analysis - chemical analysis to determine the amounts of each element in the substance
actinometry - measuring the intensity of electromagnetic radiation (especially of the sun's rays)
algometry - measuring sensitivity to pain or pressure
anemography - recording anemometrical measurements
anemometry - measuring wind speed and direction
angulation - the precise measurement of angles
anthropometry - measurement and study of the human body and its parts and capacities
arterial blood gases - measurement of the pH level and the oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations in arterial blood; important in diagnosis of many respiratory diseases
audiometry - measuring sensitivity of hearing
bathymetry, plumbing - measuring the depths of the oceans
calorimetry - measurement of quantities of heat
cephalometry - measurement of human heads
densitometry - measuring the optical density of a substance by shining light on it and measuring its transmission
dosimetry - measuring the dose of radiation emitted by a radioactive source
fetometry, foetometry - measurement of a fetus (especially the diameter of the head)
gravimetry, hydrometry - the measurement of specific gravity
hypsometry, hypsography - measurement of the elevation of land above sea level
mental measurement - a generic term used to cover any application of measurement techniques to the quantification of mental functions
micrometry - measuring with a micrometer
observation - the act of making and recording a measurement
pelvimetry - measurement of the dimensions of the bony birth canal (to determine whether vaginal birth is possible)
photometry - measurement of the properties of light (especially luminous intensity)
quantification - the act of discovering or expressing the quantity of something
radioactive dating - measurement of the amount of radioactive material (usually carbon 14) that an object contains; can be used to estimate the age of the object
meter reading, reading - the act of measuring with meters or similar instruments; "he has a job meter reading for the gas company"
sampling - measurement at regular intervals of the amplitude of a varying waveform (in order to convert it to digital form)
sounding - the act of measuring depth of water (usually with a sounding line)
sound ranging - locating a source of sound (as an enemy gun) by measurements of the time the sound arrives at microphones in known positions
scaling - act of measuring or arranging or adjusting according to a scale
spirometry - the use of a spirometer to measure vital capacity
surveying - the practice of measuring angles and distances on the ground so that they can be accurately plotted on a map; "he studied surveying at college"
telemetry - automatic transmission and measurement of data from remote sources by wire or radio or other means
thermometry - the measurement of temperature
thermogravimetry - the measurement of changes in weight as a function of changes in temperature used as a technique of chemically analyzing substances
tonometry - the measurement of intraocular pressure by determining the amount of force needed to make a slight indentation in the cornea
viscometry, viscosimetry - the measurement of viscosity
5.measure - a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated; "the schools comply with federal standards"; "they set the measure for all subsequent work"
benchmark - a standard by which something can be measured or judged; "his painting sets the benchmark of quality"
earned run average, ERA - (baseball) a measure of a pitcher's effectiveness; calculated as the average number of earned runs allowed by the pitcher for every nine innings pitched
GPA, grade point average - a measure of a student's academic achievement at a college or university; calculated by dividing the total number of grade points received by the total number attempted
procrustean bed, procrustean rule, procrustean standard - a standard that is enforced uniformly without regard to individuality
yardstick - a measure or standard used for comparison; "on what kind of yardstick is he basing his judgment?"
medium of exchange, monetary system - anything that is generally accepted as a standard of value and a measure of wealth in a particular country or region
system of measurement, metric - a system of related measures that facilitates the quantification of some particular characteristic
graduated table, ordered series, scale, scale of measurement - an ordered reference standard; "judging on a scale of 1 to 10"
standard of measurement, gauge - accepted or approved instance or example of a quantity or quality against which others are judged or measured or compared
baseline - an imaginary line or standard by which things are measured or compared; "the established a baseline for the budget"
norm - a standard or model or pattern regarded as typical; "the current middle-class norm of two children per family"
6.measure - (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of versemeasure - (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
metrics, prosody - the study of poetic meter and the art of versification
poetic rhythm, rhythmic pattern, prosody - (prosody) a system of versification
catalexis - the absence of a syllable in the last foot of a line or verse
scansion - analysis of verse into metrical patterns
common meter, common measure - the usual (iambic) meter of a ballad
metrical foot, metrical unit, foot - (prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm
7.measure - musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beatsmeasure - musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats; "the orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song"
musical notation - (music) notation used by musicians
8.measure - measuring instrument having a sequence of marks at regular intervalsmeasure - measuring instrument having a sequence of marks at regular intervals; used as a reference in making measurements
board rule - a measure used in computing board feet
measuring device, measuring instrument, measuring system - instrument that shows the extent or amount or quantity or degree of something
ruler, rule - measuring stick consisting of a strip of wood or metal or plastic with a straight edge that is used for drawing straight lines and measuring lengths
size stick - a mechanical measuring stick used by shoe fitters to measure the length and width of your foot
9.measure - a container of some standard capacity that is used to obtain fixed amounts of a substance
container - any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
measuring cup - graduated cup used to measure liquid or granular ingredients
Verb1.measure - determine the measurements of something or somebody, take measurements ofmeasure - determine the measurements of something or somebody, take measurements of; "Measure the length of the wall"
shoot - measure the altitude of by using a sextant; "shoot a star"
triangulate - measure by using trigonometry; "triangulate the angle"
caliper, calliper - measure the diameter of something with calipers
decide, make up one's mind, determine - reach, make, or come to a decision about something; "We finally decided after lengthy deliberations"
calibrate - measure the caliber of; "calibrate a gun"
2.measure - express as a number or measure or quantity; "Can you quantify your results?"
gauge - measure precisely and against a standard; "the wire is gauged"
scale - measure with or as if with scales; "scale the gold"
meter - measure with a meter; "meter the flow of water"
pace, step - measure (distances) by pacing; "step off ten yards"
clock, time - measure the time or duration of an event or action or the person who performs an action in a certain period of time; "he clocked the runners"
fathom, sound - measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line
titrate - measure by (the volume or concentration of solutions) by titration
plumb - measure the depth of something
convey, express, carry - serve as a means for expressing something; "The painting of Mary carries motherly love"; "His voice carried a lot of anger"
librate, weigh - determine the weight of; "The butcher weighed the chicken"
3.measure - have certain dimensions; "This table surfaces measures 20inches by 36 inches"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
stand - be tall; have a height of; copula; "She stands 6 feet tall"
weigh - have a certain weight
last, endure - persist for a specified period of time; "The bad weather lasted for three days"
scale - measure by or as if by a scale; "This bike scales only 25 pounds"
measure up, qualify - prove capable or fit; meet requirements
4.measure - evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance ofmeasure - evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of; "I will have the family jewels appraised by a professional"; "access all the factors when taking a risk"
grade, score, mark - assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation; "grade tests"; "score the SAT essays"; "mark homework"
rate, value - estimate the value of; "How would you rate his chances to become President?"; "Gold was rated highly among the Romans"
pass judgment, evaluate, judge - form a critical opinion of; "I cannot judge some works of modern art"; "How do you evaluate this grant proposal?" "We shouldn't pass judgment on other people"
assess - estimate the value of (property) for taxation; "Our house hasn't been assessed in years"
standardise, standardize - evaluate by comparing with a standard
reassess, reevaluate - revise or renew one's assessment
censor - subject to political, religious, or moral censorship; "This magazine is censored by the government"
praise - express approval of; "The parents praised their children for their academic performance"


1. monitor, set, follow, match, test, judge, check, compare, pit, contrast, keep track of I continued to measure his progress against the chart.
2. quantify, rate, judge, determine, value, size, estimate, survey, assess, weigh, calculate, evaluate, compute, gauge, mark out, appraise, calibrate Measure the length and width of the gap.
3. choose carefully, plan, consider, calculate, think carefully about, select with care Measure your words before you come to regret them!
1. quantity, share, amount, degree, reach, range, size, capacity, extent, proportion, allowance, portion, scope, quota, ration, magnitude, allotment, amplitude The colonies were claiming a larger measure of self-government.
2. standard, example, model, test, par, criterion, norm, benchmark, barometer, yardstick, touchstone, litmus test The local elections were seen as a measure of the government's success.
3. action, act, step, procedure, means, course, control, proceeding, initiative, manoeuvre, legal action, deed, expedient He said stern measures would be taken against the rioters.
4. gauge, rule, scale, metre, ruler, yardstick a tape measure
5. law, act, bill, legislation, resolution, statute, enactment They passed a measure that would give small businesses more benefits.
beyond measure immensely, deeply, fiercely, profoundly, intensely, excessively She irritated him beyond measure
for good measure in addition, as well, besides, to boot, as an extra, into the bargain, as a bonus For good measure, a few details of hotels were included.
get or take the measure of something or someone assess, read, judge, evaluate, gauge, weigh up, fathom The government had failed to get the measure of the crisis.
have the measure of someone be wise to, see through, not fall for, have someone's number (informal), not be deceived by, know someone's little game Lili was the only person who had the measure of her brother.
measure someone up evaluate, judge, survey, assess, weigh up, rate, appraise, size up For a minute, they studied one another, measuring each other up.
measure something out dispense, divide, distribute, assign, issue, pour out, allot, mete out, dole out, share out, apportion, deal out, parcel out, divvy up (informal) I'd already measured out the ingredients.
measure something up survey, estimate, count, weigh, meter, appraise, take the measurements of I measured up the panels and made copies of them.
measure up come up to standard, be fit, be adequate, be capable, be suitable, make the grade (informal), be suited, be satisfactory, come up to scratch (informal), cut the mustard (U.S. slang), fulfil the expectations, fit or fill the bill I was informed that I didn't measure up.
measure up to something or someone achieve, meet, match, rival, equal, compare to, come up to, be equal to, vie with, be on a level with It was tiring, always trying to measure up to her high standards.


1. The amount of space occupied by something:
dimension, extent, magnitude, proportion (often used in plural), size.
2. Relative intensity or amount, as of a quality or attribute:
3. A means by which individuals are compared and judged:
4. The act or process of ascertaining dimensions, quantity, or capacity:
5. That which is allotted:
Informal: cut.
Slang: divvy.
6. Avoidance of extremes of opinion, feeling, or personal conduct:
7. An action calculated to achieve an end.Often used in plural:
8. The formal product of a legislative or judicial body:
9. The patterned, recurring alternation of contrasting elements, such as stressed and unstressed notes in music:
1. To ascertain the dimensions, quantity, or capacity of:
Archaic: mete.
2. To fix the limits of:
phrasal verb
measure out
To set aside or distribute as a share:
phrasal verb
measure up
To be equal or alike:
Informal: stack up.
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méretû: vmilyen méretûmérőmértéket vesznémi
aîgerî, ráîstöfunbera saman viîe-î aî vissu markimælamælast, vera
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būt lielumamērinstrumentsmērītmērsmērvienība
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A. N
1. (= system) → medida f
liquid/dry measuremedida para líquidos/áridos
a suit made to measureun traje hecho a (la) medida
beyond measure our knowledge has increased beyond measurenuestros conocimientos han aumentado enormemente or de manera inconmensurable
he irritated her beyond measurela irritaba hasta más no poder
to have the measure of sbtener a algn calado
the government had failed to get the measure of the crisisel gobierno no había apreciado la magnitud de la crisis
see also made-to-measure
2. (= measuring device, rule) → metro m; (= glass) → probeta f graduada
see also tape C
3. (= indication) → indicativo m
it is a measure of how serious the situation ises un indicativo de lo grave de la situación
4. (= amount measured) → cantidad f
I poured two equal measures into the glasseseché dos cantidades iguales en los vasos
to give (sb) good or full measuredar la medida exacta (a algn)
to give (sb) short measuredar una medida escasa (a algn)
for good measure he gave me a few extra for good measureme dio unos pocos más por añadidura
I repeated my question for good measurerepetí la pregunta por si acaso
5. (= step) → medida f
to take measures against sbtomar medidas contra algn
to take measures to do sthtomar medidas para hacer algo
they took no measures to avoid the disasterno tomaron ninguna medida para evitar el desastre
6. (= extent) we had some measure of successtuvimos cierto éxito
it gives a measure of protectionda cierta protección
in large measureen gran parte or medida
this is due in no small measure to the problems we have hadesto se debe en gran parte or medida a los problemas que hemos tenido
in some measurehasta cierto punto, en cierta medida
7. [of spirits] → cantidad f; (sold in pub) → medida f
8. (Mus) (= beat) → ritmo m; (= bar) → compás m
1. [+ object, speed, length, width, height] → medir; [+ person] (for height) → medir; (for clothes) → tomar las medidas a
to measure the height of sthmedir la altura de algo
I have to be measured for my costumeme tienen que tomar las medidas para el traje
how can you measure success?¿cómo puedes medir el éxito?
to measure one's length (on the floor/ground)caerse todo lo largo que se es (al suelo)
see also word A1
2. (= compare) to measure sth/sb against sth/sbcomparar algo/a algn con algo/algn
I don't like being measured against other peopleno me gusta que se me compare con otra gente
the competition will be a chance for him to measure himself against the bestla competición será una ocasión para medirse con los mejores
C. VImedir
what does it measure?¿cuánto mide?
the room measures four metres acrossla habitación mide cuatro metros de ancho
measure off VT + ADVmedir
measure out VT + ADV
1. [+ solid ingredients] → pesar; [+ liquid, piece of ground, length] → medir
2. (= give out) → repartir, distribuir
measure up
1. [+ wood, material] → medir
2. (= evaluate) [+ sb's intentions] → averiguar; [+ situation] → evaluar
1. (= take measurements) → tomar medidas
she measured up for the curtainstomó medidas para las cortinas
2. (= fulfil expectations) → dar la talla, estar a la altura
to measure up to sthestar a la altura de algo


(= assess) [+ quality, value, effect] → mesurer
It is difficult to measure the impact of the new law → Il est difficile de mesurer l'impact de la nouvelle loi.
[+ length, width, diameter] → mesurer
I measured the page → J'ai mesuré la page.
(= be) → mesurer
The room measures 3 metres by 4 → La pièce mesure trois mètres sur quatre.
The crab measured over 30 centimetres → Le crabe mesurait plus de 30 centimètres.
(= degree) → mesure f
in some measure (= to some extent) → dans une certaine mesure
some measure of protection → un certain degré de protection
a measure of success → un certain succès
beyond measure (= tremendously) → au-delà de toute mesure
(= indication) to be a measure of sth → montrer qch
to be a measure of how ...
That is a measure of how bad things have become → Cela montre à quel point les choses ont empiré.
to be a measure of how much → montrer à quel point
That is a measure of how much the world order has changed → Cela montre à quel point l'ordre mondial a changé.
to be a measure of how far → montrer à quel point
That is a measure of how far we have progressed → Cela montre à quel point nous avons progressé.
(= initiative) → mesure f
to take measures to do sth → prendre des mesures pour faire qch
[cognac, whisky] → mesure f
measure up
vi (= be good enough) → être à la hauteur
measure up to
vt fus [+ standards, expectations] → être à la mesure de, être à la hauteur de


(= unit of measurement)Maß (→ einheit f) nt; a measure of lengthein Längenmaß nt; to have something made to measureetw nach Maß anfertigen lassen; the furniture has been made to measuredie Möbel sind Maßarbeit; beyond measuregrenzenlos; her joy was beyond or knew no measureihre Freude kannte keine Grenzen ? weight
(= object for measuring)Maß nt; (graduated for length) → Maßstab m; (graduated for volume) → Messbecher m
(= amount measured)Menge f; a small measure of flourein wenig Mehl; wine is sold in measures of 1/4 litre (Brit) or liter (US) → Wein wird in Vierteln ausgeschenkt; to give somebody full/short measure (barman) → richtig/zu wenig ausschenken; (grocer) → richtig/zu wenig abwiegen; in full measurein höchstem Maße; for good measurezur Sicherheit, sicherheitshalber; … and another one for good measure… und noch eines obendrein
(fig: = yardstick) → Maßstab m(of für); can we regard this exam as a measure of intelligence?kann diese Prüfung als Intelligenzmaßstab gelten?; MacLeod’s approval is the measure of a good whiskyMacLeods Urteil in Bezug auf Whisky ist (für mich) maßgebend or ausschlaggebend; please consider this as a measure of my esteem for …bitte betrachten Sie dies als Ausdruck meiner Anerkennung für …; it gave us some measure of the difficultyes gab uns einen Begriff von der Schwierigkeit; it’s a measure of his skill as a writer that …seine schriftstellerischen Fähigkeiten lassen sich daran beurteilen, dass …; words cannot always give the measure of one’s feelingsWorte können Gefühle nicht immer angemessen ausdrücken
(= extent) in some measurein gewisser Hinsicht or Beziehung; some measure ofein gewisses Maß an; to a large measure, in large measurein hohem Maße; to get the measure of somebody/somethingjdn/etw (richtig) einschätzen
(= step)Maßnahme f; to take measures to do somethingMaßnahmen ergreifen, um etw zu tun
(Poet) → Versmaß nt
(US Mus) → Takt m
(old, = dance) → Tanz m; to tread a measure with somebodymit jdm ein Tänzchen wagen
vtmessen; length alsoabmessen; room alsoausmessen; (= take sb’s measurements)Maß nehmen bei; (fig)beurteilen, abschätzen; wordsabwägen; a measured milegenau eine Meile; to measure one’s length (fig)der Länge nach hinfallen
vimessen; what does it measure?wie viel misst es?, wie groß ist es?


1. n
a. (gen) → misura (also tape measure) → metro
a litre measure → una misura da un litro
to give full measure → dare il peso giusto (or la quantità giusta)
for good measure (fig) → in più, in aggiunta
her happiness was beyond measure → era immensamente felice
in some/large measure → in parte/gran parte
some measure of success → un certo successo
I've got her measure (fig) → so quanto vale
b. (step, action) → misura, provvedimento
to take measures to do sth → prendere provvedimenti per fare qc
2. vtmisurare; (take sb's measurements) → prendere le misure di or a
to measure one's length (fig) (fall) → cadere lungo/a disteso/a
measure against vt + prep to measure sb/sth against sb/sthvalutare qn/qc confrontandolo a qn/qc
measure off vt + advmisurare
measure out vt + advdosare
measure up vi + adv to measure up (to)dimostrarsi or essere all'altezza (di)


(ˈmeʒə) noun
1. an instrument for finding the size, amount etc of something. a glass measure for liquids; a tape-measure.
2. a unit. The metre is a measure of length.
3. a system of measuring. dry/liquid/square measure.
4. a plan of action or something done. We must take (= use, or put into action) certain measures to stop the increase in crime.
5. a certain amount. a measure of sympathy.
6. (in music) the musical notes contained between two bar lines.
1. to find the size, amount etc of (something). He measured the table.
2. to show the size, amount etc of. A thermometer measures temperature.
3. (with against, ~besides etc) to judge in comparison with. She measured her skill in cooking against her friend's.
4. to be a certain size. This table measures two metres by one metre.
ˈmeasurement noun
1. size, amount etc found by measuring. What are the measurements of this room?
2. the sizes of various parts of the body, usually the distance round the chest, waist and hips. What are your measurements, madam?
3. the act of measuring. We can find the size of something by means of measurement.
beyond measure
very great. I'm offering you riches beyond measure!
for good measure
as something extra or above the minimum necessary. The shopkeeper weighed out the sweets and put in a few more for good measure.
full measure
(no less than) the correct amount. We must ensure that customers get full measure.
made to measure (of clothing) made to fit the measurements of a particular person: Was your jacket made to measure?; adjective (etc)
a made-to-measure suit.
measure out
to mark (off), weigh (out) a certain distance, amount. He measured out a kilo of sugar.
measure up (often with to)
to reach a certain required standard. John's performance doesn't measure up (to the others).


يَقْيسُ měřit måle messen μετρώ medir mitata mesurer mjeriti misurare 測定する 측정하다 meten måle zmierzyć medir измерять mäta วัด ölçmek đo lường 测量


n. medida, dimensión, capacidad de algo;
v. medir.


n medida; heroic measures medidas heroicas; vt medir
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This affair was a flash of spirit that might have warned the English not to venture upon any oppressive measures against their colonial brethren.
In political practice, therefore, they join in all coercive measures against the working class; and in ordinary life, despite their high falutin phrases, they stoop to pick up the golden apples dropped from the tree of industry, and to barter truth, love,and honour for traffic in wool, beetroot-sugar, and potato spirits.
She had taken all her measures against outside observation of her conduct; and I could not help smiling at the thought what a ghastly nuisance the serious, innocent Fynes must have been to her.
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