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I UK [ˈmeʒə(r)] / US [ˈmeʒər] noun [countable]
Word forms "measure":
singular measure plural measures
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.


Collocations:
Adjectives frequently used with measure
▪  drastic, harsh, punitive, repressive, severe, strong Verbs frequently used with measure as the object ▪  adopt, announce, approve, enforce, implement, introduce, propose, take
2) an amount of a particular quality that is neither large nor small

The system gives people a measure of protection against pollution.

3) a way of judging something
measure of:

The tests are not an accurate measure of performance.

4) a unit in a system of measurement

standard measures of the metric system such as the litre

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

c) a standard amount of alcohol served in a bar, restaurant etc

Measures sold in Scotland have been traditionally larger.

5) music American a bar in a line of printed music

get the measure of someone/take someone's measure — to understand what someone is really like so that you can decide how to deal with them or defeat them

She seems to have got the measure of the champion.

in large/no small measureformal to a great degree

Our success is due in large measure to the company's founder.


II UK [ˈmeʒə(r)] / US [ˈmeʒər] verb
Word forms "measure":
present tense I/you/we/they measure he/she/it measures present participle measuring past tense measured past participle measured
1) [intransitive/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) [linking verb] to be a particular size

The room measures approximately 12 feet by 13 feet.

The bed measured over six feet in width.

b) [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.

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 some of their rivals, the performance looks poor.

Phrasal verbs:

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