meas|ure1 [ `meʒər ] noun count ***
▸ 1 action to achieve something
▸ 2 amount (not large/small)
▸ 3 way of judging something
▸ 4 unit of measurement
▸ 5 section of music
1. ) an action that is intended to achieve or deal with something:
This is a temporary measure to stop the problem from getting any worse.
take measures to do something: Stronger measures will have to be taken to bring down unemployment.
take measures against someone/something: When you are attacked, you take defensive measures against the attacker.
2. ) an amount of a particular quality that is neither large nor small:
The system gives people a measure of protection against pollution.
a ) a standard amount of alcohol served in a bar, restaurant, etc.:
The bartender cheats on the measures he pours out.
3. ) measure of a way of judging something:
The tests are not an accurate measure of performance.
4. ) a unit of measurement:
standard measures of the metric system such as the liter
a ) FORMAL an object such as a RULER used for finding out a particular measurement
b ) FORMAL a system used for expressing a particular quantity:
liquid and dry measures
5. ) AMERICAN any of the sections that a line of printed music is divided into, separated from each other by upright lines. British bar
be a measure of something
to show how good a particular quality is:
The huge volume of mail is a measure of her popularity.
beyond measure MAINLY LITERARY
very large or great:
beauty beyond measure
for good measure
as a way of making something complete or better:
Throw in a splash of red wine for good measure.
the full measure of something FORMAL
all of something, or something at its strongest, most powerful, etc.:
We were treated to the full measure of her anger.
half measures
action that fails to deal with something completely or effectively:
We have to do this right there is no room for half measures.
in full measure FORMAL
to the greatest degree, or in the largest amount possible
in large/no small measure FORMAL
to a great degree:
Our success is due in large measure to the company's founder.
meas|ure 2 [ `meʒər ] verb ***
1. ) intransitive or transitive to find the exact size, amount, speed, etc. of something using a special tool or special equipment:
We measured from the back of the house to the fence.
The satellite measures atmospheric gases responsible for ozone destruction.
a ) transitive to find the size of someone's body in order to buy or make clothes for them:
measure someone for something: He's being measured for a new suit.
b ) linking verb to be a particular size:
The room measures approximately 12 feet by 13 feet.
The bed measured over six feet in width.
2. ) transitive often passive to form an opinion about how good or bad something is:
measure something by something: Success isn't measured by how much money you have.
measure something in terms of something: Popularity is still measured in terms of winning elections.
measure someone/something against someone/something: Measured against the success of their closest rivals, the team's performance looks poor.
,measure `off phrasal verb transitive
to measure a particular length, width, height, etc., often at a point where something is to be cut:
He took the fabric and measured off a couple of yards.
,measure `out phrasal verb transitive
to take a particular amount of something from a larger amount:
Measure out half a cup of sugar.
,measure `up phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive to be good enough:
The machines are being tried out to see how they measure up.
measure up to: Will he measure up to the challenges that lie ahead of him?
2. ) transitive to measure something in preparation for making, building, or fitting something else:
I measure up the boards and then Joe cuts them.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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