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gaugeverb [T]

us   /ɡeɪdʒ/
to calculate an amount by using a measuring device or by your own judgment, or to make a judgment about people’s feelings: It was not easy to gauge his height from this distance, but he seemed pretty tall. [+ question word] It’s difficult to gauge how they’ll react when they hear the news.

gaugenoun [C]

us   /ɡeɪdʒ/
a device for measuring the amount or size of something: She used a pressure gauge to measure the air pressure in her bicycle tires. The test is simply a gauge of (= a way of judging) how well they will do in college.
A gauge is also a measure of the thickness of a wire or of the opening inside the barrel (= long part) of a gun: a 12-gauge shotgun
(Definition of gauge from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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gaugeverb [T]

US also gage uk   /ɡeɪdʒ/ us   /ɡeɪdʒ/

gaugenoun

US also gage uk   /ɡeɪdʒ/ us   /ɡeɪdʒ/
  • 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 is being performed on Broadway is a gauge of its success.

-gaugesuffix

/ -ɡeɪdʒ/ / -ɡeɪdʒ/ mainly US UK usually -bore
(Definition of gauge from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gauge" in Business English

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gaugeverb [T]

uk   /ɡeɪdʒ/ us  
to make a judgment about something: What's the best way to gauge real levels of tax evasion?gauge what/who/how sth It's not difficult to gauge how the markets will react to the latest fall in interest rates.
to calculate an amount, especially by using a measuring device

gaugenoun [C]

uk   /ɡeɪdʒ/ us  
a way of measuring or understanding something, for example, people's opinions or a level of something: a gauge of sth Productivity is an important gauge of economic performance. It's not easy to get any kind of accurate gauge of what young people think about this.
a method, set of calculations, etc. used to try to predict what will happen in the future: According to the government's economic forecasting gauge, inflation will fall by another 1% next year.
a piece of equipment for measuring the amount or size of something: a fuel gauge
(Definition of gauge from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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