Definition of “measure” - English Dictionary

“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.

More examples

  • The main bedroom measures 24 ft by 18 ft (24' x 18').
  • Engine speed can be measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • The metre is the standard unit for measuring length in the SI system.
  • Measure all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
  • This stick is used for measuring the amount of oil in the engine - do you see the marks on it?

measurenoun

uk /ˈmeʒ.ər/ us /ˈmeʒ.ɚ/

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.

More examples

  • The new tax would force companies to adopt energy-saving measures.
  • These measures are designed to reduce pollution.
  • Teachers claim such measures could unfairly disadvantage ethnic minorities.
  • In the past 10 years, preventive measures have radically reduced levels of tooth decay in children.
  • New measures have been introduced to try and ease traffic congestion in the city.

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

More examples

  • The president's staff have no reliable measure of the damage done to his reputation.
  • The pole was a measure used for land in the past.
  • What measure do they use for diamonds?

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.

More examples

  • Repeat purchases are one measure of a product's popularity.
  • Their satisfied sighs were a good measure of the meal's success.
  • The president's staff have no reliable measure of the damage done to his reputation.

(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.

Phrasal verb(s)

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.

[ 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

[ 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)