Definition of Measure for Measure from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Measure for Measure

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a play by Shakespeare, thought to have been written in 1604 and often regarded as one of his comedies. It is about a duke, Vincentio, who gives his power to his deputy (= assistant), Angelo, and then wears a disguise so that he can watch how Angelo behaves. Angelo behaves in an immoral and cruel way until the duke reveals who he really is and then there is a happy ending.

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