Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “gauge”

See all translations

gauge

verb [T] uk ( US also gage)   /ɡeɪdʒ/ us  

gauge verb [T] (MEASURE)

to calculate an amount, especially by using a measuring device: Use a thermometer to gauge the temperature. I tried to gauge (= guess) the weight of the box.

gauge verb [T] (JUDGE)

to make a judgment about something, usually people's feelings: A poll was conducted to gauge consumers' attitudes. [+ question word] It's difficult to gauge how they'll react.

gauge

noun uk ( US also gage)   /ɡeɪdʒ/ us  

gauge noun (MEASURE)

[C] a device for measuring the amount or size of something: a fuel/rain/temperature gauge [C] a device used to measure the pressure of the air in a tyre: a tyre gauge [C] specialized engineering the distance between the rails (= the two long metal bars attached to the ground) on a railway line: a narrow-gauge/standard-gauge railway [C] specialized engineering the thickness of something, especially metal or wire [C] specialized US ( UK bore) engineering the space inside a pipe or tube, or the diameter of (= measurement across) this space: a narrow gauge a gauge of 16 millimetres

gauge noun (JUDGING)

[S] a way of judging or showing something, especially how successful or popular something is: The fact that the play has transferred to New York is a gauge of its success.
(Definition of gauge verb, noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of gauge?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “gauge” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

glacial

made or left by a glacier

Word of the Day

Let’s celebrate! (words and phrases for parties)

by Kate Woodford,
December 17, 2014
​​​ With Christmas and New Year almost upon us, we thought it a good time to look at the language of parties and celebrations. First, let’s start with the word ‘party’ itself. To have or throw a party or, less commonly, to give a party is to arrange a party: We’re having a

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More