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Definition of gauge verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (also gage) verb
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gauge
    he / she / it gauges
    past simple gauged
    -ing form gauging
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  1. 1to make a judgment about something, especially people's feelings or attitudes gauge something They interviewed employees to gauge their reaction to the changes. He tried to gauge her mood. gauge whether, how, etc… It was difficult to gauge whether he was angry or not.
  2. 2gauge something to measure something accurately using a special instrument precision instruments that can gauge the diameter to a fraction of a millimeter
  3. 3gauge something gauge how, what, etc… to calculate something approximately We were able to gauge the strength of the wind from the movement of the trees. It is impossible to gauge the extent of the damage.
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