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Definition of measure verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they measure
    he / she / it measures
    past simple measured
    -ing form measuring
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  1. 1to find the size, quantity, etc. of something in standard units measure something (in something) A ship's speed is measured in knots. a device that measures the level of radiation in the atmosphere measuring equipment/instruments measure somebody/something for something He's being measured for a costume in the school play. measure how much, how long, etc… A dipstick is used to measure how much oil is left in an engine.
  2. 2linking verb (not used in the progressive tenses) + noun to be a particular size, length, amount, etc. The bedroom measures 12 ft. by 15 ft. The pond measures about 20 yards across.
  3. judge
  4. 3measure something measure how, what, etc… to judge the importance, value, or effect of something synonym assess It is difficult to measure the success of the campaign at this stage. Regular tests are used to measure students' progress.
  5. Phrasal Verbsmeasure somebody/something against somebody/somethingmeasure somethingoutmeasure upmeasure up (to something/somebody)
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