Definition of measure verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    measure

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈmeʒə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeʒər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they measure
    BrE BrE//ˈmeʒə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeʒər//
     
    he / she / it measures
    BrE BrE//ˈmeʒəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeʒərz//
     
    past simple measured
    BrE BrE//ˈmeʒəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeʒərd//
     
    past participle measured
    BrE BrE//ˈmeʒəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeʒərd//
     
    -ing form measuring
    BrE BrE//ˈmeʒərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeʒərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  to 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 gone to be measured for a new suit. measure how much, how long, etc… A dipstick is used to measure how much oil is left in an engine.
  2. 2  linking verb (not used in the progressive tenses) + noun to be a particular size, length, amount, etc. The main bedroom measures 12ft by 15ft. The pond measures about 2 metres across.
  3. judge
  4. 3  measure 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. Word Origin Middle English (as a noun in the senses ‘moderation’, ‘instrument for measuring’, ‘unit of capacity’): from Old French mesure, from Latin mensura, from mens- ‘measured’, from the verb metiri.Extra examples Any type of data that could not be directly measured was rejected. Cloth is measured in metres. Education policy places too much emphasis on things that can be quantitatively measured. Is it really possible to measure the skills of such jobs according to objective standards? It is hard to measure the benefits to society of the system. She’s being measured for her wedding outfit. Success cannot be measured merely in terms of the size of your salary. The policy’s effectiveness cannot be measured by numbers alone. The school’s performance is measured against a strict set of criteria. We need to measure the room up for a new carpet. You can now measure its length more accurately. the criteria that are used to measure performance A ship’s speed is measured in knots. He’s gone to be measured for a new suit. The earthquake measured 8.4 on the Richter scale. They measure the time taken by each rat to find the centre of the maze. This is a special device that measures the level of radiation in the atmosphere. You’ll need specialized measuring equipment. Phrasal Verbsmeasure somebody against somebodymeasure somethingoutmeasure upmeasure up
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