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measure

verb uk   /ˈmeʒ.ər/  us   //

measure verb (SIZE)

B2 [T] to discover the exact size or amount of something: "Will the table fit in here?" "I don't know - let's measure it." This machine measures your heart rate. He measured the flour into the bowl. [L only + noun] to be a particular size: The area, measuring/which measures five kilometres by three kilometres, has been purchased by the army. The screen measures 34 inches diagonally.
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measure verb (JUDGE)

C2 [T] to judge the quality, effect, importance, or value of something: There is no way of measuring the damage done to morale.

measure

noun uk   /ˈmeʒ.ər/  us   //

measure noun (METHOD)

B2 [C usually plural] a way of achieving something, or a method for dealing with a situation: What further measures can we take to avoid terrorism? These measures were designed to improve car safety. [+ to infinitive] Emergency measures to help the refugees are badly needed.
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measure noun (SIZE)

[C or U] a unit used for stating the size, weight, etc. of something, or a way of measuring: weights and measures The sample's density is a measure of its purity.C2 [C or U] formal amount: There was a large measure of agreement between the candidates. His success was in some measure due to his being in the right place at the right time.C2 [C] an exact amount, especially of alcohol: One unit of alcohol is equal to half a pint of beer or a standard measure of spirits. [C] US a bar noun
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measure noun (WAY OF JUDGING)

C2 [C] a way of judging something: Record sales are not always a measure of a singer's popularity. We have no accurate measure of the damage.
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