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measure

verb uk   /ˈmeʒ.ər/ us    //

measure verb (SIZE)

B2 [L only + noun, T] to discover the exact size or amount of something, or to be of a particular size: "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. The area, measuring/which measures five kilometres by three kilometres, has been purchased by the army.Weighing and measuring

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.Analysing and evaluatingAssessing and estimating value

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.Ways of achieving things

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.Measurements in general 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.General words for size and amount 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.Measurements of volumeGeneral words for size and amountInformal measurements of volumeAlcohol - general words [C] US for bar nounBeats or lengths of musical notes

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.Weighing and measuring
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