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"measure" in British English

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measureverb

uk   /ˈmeʒ.ər/  us   //
  • measure verb (SIZE)

B2 [T] to ​discover the ​exactsize or ​amount of something: "Will the ​tablefit in here?" "I don't ​know - let's measure it." This ​machine measures ​yourheartrate. He measured the ​flour into the ​bowl. [L only + noun] to be a ​particularsize: The ​area, measuring/which measures five ​kilometres by three ​kilometres, has been ​purchased by the ​army. The ​screen measures 34 ​inchesdiagonally.

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measurenoun

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 ​avoidterrorism? These measures were ​designed to ​improvecarsafety. [+ to infinitive] Emergency measures tohelp the ​refugees are ​badlyneeded.

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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 ​itspurity.C2 [C or U] formal amount: There was alarge measure ofagreement between the ​candidates. His ​success was in some measure ​due to his being in the ​rightplace at the ​righttime.C2 [C] an ​exactamount, ​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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(Definition of measure from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"measure" in American English

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measureverb

 us   /ˈmeʒ·ər/
  • measure verb (SIZE)

to ​discover the ​exactsize, ​amount, etc., of something, or to be of a ​particularsize: [T] "Will the ​tablefit in here?" "I don’t ​know – I’ll measure it." [L] The ​sofa measures (= is of the ​size of) 3 ​feet by 7 ​feet.
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measurenoun

 us   /ˈmeʒ·ər/
  • measure noun (METHOD)

[C] a way to ​achieve something; a ​method: Medicare was a measure ​intended to ​guaranteehealthcare for everyone over the ​age of 65.
  • measure noun (SIZE)

[C/U] a way of measuring, or a way of ​showing how much or how ​great something is: [C] a ​system of ​weights and measures [U] It is a measure of his ​popularity that he got over 70% of the ​vote. [C/U] Measure can also ​meanamount or ​degree: [U] There was a ​large measure of ​luck in his ​quickpromotion to ​companyvicepresident. [C/U] A measure is also a ​bar .
(Definition of measure from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"measure" in Business English

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measureverb

uk   us   /ˈmeʒər/
[I or T] to discover the ​exactsize or ​amount of something: Next, we need to measure the temperature of the mixture. This ​machine measures the patient's heart ​rate.measure sth in sth November was a ​recordnumber for ​sales when measured in ​dollars. measuring ​devices/​equipment/​techniques
[T] to be of a particular ​size: The ​office measures 12 ​metres by 6 ​metres.
[T] to ​judge the ​quality, ​effect, ​importance, or ​value of something: It is difficult to measure the success of the ​advertisingcampaign at this early ​stage. Managers have ​changed the way they measure ​performance.

measurenoun

uk   us   /ˈmeʒər/
[C, usually plural] a way of ​achieving something, or a ​method for ​dealing with a ​situation: These measures were ​designed to ​improvecarsafety. We will introduce measures to ​reducenoiselevels in the ​factory. The ​company will need to take further measures to ​cutcosts.austerity/cost-cutting measures It had taken a ​series of ​cost-cutting measures, ​includingclosing one of its two ​plants. drastic/draconian/radical measures preventative/​safety/​security measures
[C] MEASURES a ​unit used for giving the ​size, ​weight, etc. of something: weights and measures The ​standard measure ofefficiency in the ​airlineindustry is '​costperpassengermile'.
[C or U] an ​amount or ​level of something: There was a large measure of ​agreement between the two ​sides in the ​negotiation.
[C] a way of ​judging something: Record ​sales are not always a measure of a singer's popularity.get a measure of sth It is difficult to get an ​accurate measure of ​employeeperformance in this ​industry.a good/true/reliable measure Exports as a ​percentage of ​totalsales are a good measure of ​internationalcompetitiveness.
for good measure if something is given or done for good measure, it is given or done in ​addition to other things: They're ​offering a good ​salary, with a ​companycar thrown in for good measure.
have the measure of sb/sth to understand what someone or something is like and to know how to ​deal with them: The other ​team were ​experiencednegotiators, but we had the measure of them.
(Definition of measure from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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