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## meas·ure

(mĕzh′ər)
n.
1.
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.
4.
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.
5.
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).
6.
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.
7.
a. Poetic meter.
b. Music The metric unit between two bars on the staff; a bar.
v. meas·ured, meas·ur·ing, meas·ures
v.tr.
1.
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.
2.
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).
v.intr.
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.
Idioms:
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.

## measure

(ˈmɛʒə)
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
vb
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

## meas•ure

(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.
v.t.
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.
26. to travel over; traverse.
v.i.
27. to take measurements.
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.
Idioms:
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]

## measurement

measure
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.

## measure

Past participle: measured
Gerund: measuring

Imperative
measure
measure
Present
I measure
you measure
he/she/it measures
we measure
you measure
they measure
Preterite
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
Future
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
Conditional
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
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## measure

verb
1. monitor, set, follow, match, test, judge, check, compare, pit, contrast, keep track of I continued to measure his progress against the chart.
2. 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!
noun
1. The colonies were claiming a larger measure of self-government.
2. The local elections were seen as a measure of the government's success.
3. He said stern measures would be taken against the rioters.
4. a tape measure
5. They passed a measure that would give small businesses more benefits.
beyond measure 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 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 For a minute, they studied one another, measuring each other up.
measure something out 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.

## measure

noun
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:
verb
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.
Translations
إجْراء، عَمَلمقْدار مُعَيَّن منمِقْياس، مِكْيالميزان موسيقينِظام قِياس
měřitmírataktukazovatopatření
målemåle-målestokmålesystemtakt
meedemõõdemõõtmine
mitatamittamittarimittaustahti
mjeriti
méretû: vmilyen méretûmérőmértéket vesznémi
aîgerî, ráîstöfunbera saman viîe-î aî vissu markimælamælast, vera

측정하다
atmatuotiatseikėtiatsvertibūti tam tikro dydžioišbandyti
būt lielumamērinstrumentsmērītmērsmērvienība
jednotka mieryopatrenieporovnávať
merameritiukrep
mera
mätamätningmåtttakt
วัด
ölçmekölçüölçü birimiölçüp karşılaştırmakolmak/gelmek
đo lường

## measure

[ˈmeʒəʳ]
A. N
1. (= system) →
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
2. (= measuring device, rule) → ; (= glass) →
3. (= indication) →
it is a measure of how serious the situation ises un indicativo de lo grave de la situación
4. (= amount measured) →
I poured two equal measures into the glasses
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 measure
I repeated my question for good measure
5. (= step) →
to take measures against sb
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 measure
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] → ; (sold in pub) →
8. (Mus) (= beat) → ; (= bar) →
B. VT
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)
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
1. [+ solid ingredients] → pesar; [+ liquid, piece of ground, length] → medir
2. (= give out) →
measure up
1. [+ wood, material] → medir
2. (= evaluate) [+ sb's intentions] → averiguar; [+ situation] → evaluar
1. (= take measurements) →
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

## measure

[ˈmɛʒər]
vt
(= 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 →
n
(= degree) →
in some measure (= to some extent) → dans une certaine mesure
some measure of protection →
a measure of success →
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) →
to take measures to do sth → prendre des mesures pour faire qch
[cognac, whisky] →
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

## measure

n
(= unit of measurement)Maß (→ einheit f) nt; a measure of lengthein Längenmaß nt; to have something made to measure; 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 flour; wine is sold in measures of 1/4 litre (Brit) or liter (US) → ; to give somebody full/short measure (barman) → richtig/zu wenig ausschenken; (grocer) → richtig/zu wenig abwiegen; in full measure; for good measure; … 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 feelings
(= extent) in some measure; some measure ofein gewisses Maß an; to a large measure, in large measure; 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 somebody
vtmessen; length alsoabmessen; room alsoausmessen; (= take sb’s measurements)Maß nehmen bei; (fig); wordsabwägen; a measured milegenau eine Meile; to measure one’s length (fig)
vimessen; what does it measure?wie viel misst es?, wie groß ist es?

## measure

[ˈmɛʒəʳ]
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) →
her happiness was beyond measure →
in some/large measure →
some measure of success →
I've got her measure (fig) → so quanto vale
b. (step, action) →
to take measures to do sth →
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 up vi + adv to measure up (to)

## measure

(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.
verb
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.
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).

## measure

měřit måle mitata mjeriti 測定する 측정하다 mäta วัด đo lường

## mea·sure

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

## measure

n medida; heroic measures medidas heroicas; vt medir
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