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"measure" in British English

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measureverb

uk   /ˈmeʒ.ər/ us   /ˈmeʒ.ɚ/
  • 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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measurenoun

uk   /ˈmeʒ.ər/ us   /ˈmeʒ.ɚ/
  • 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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(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 exact size, amount, etc., of something, or to be of a particular size: [T] "Will the table fit 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 guarantee health care 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 mean amount or degree: [U] There was a large measure of luck in his quick promotion to company vice president.
[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   /ˈmeʒər/ us  
[I or T] to discover the exact size 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 record number 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 advertising campaign at this early stage. Managers have changed the way they measure performance.

measurenoun

uk   /ˈmeʒər/ us  
[C, usually plural] a way of achieving something, or a method for dealing with a situation: These measures were designed to improve car safety. We will introduce measures to reduce noise levels in the factory. The company will need to take further measures to cut costs.austerity/cost-cutting measures It had taken a series of cost-cutting measures, including closing 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 of efficiency in the airline industry is 'cost per passenger mile'.
[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 employee performance in this industry.a good/true/reliable measure Exports as a percentage of total sales are a good measure of international competitiveness.
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 company car 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 experienced negotiators, but we had the measure of them.
(Definition of measure from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“measure” in American English

Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
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