1 amount, quantity, magnitude, amplitude, size, bulk, mass, extent, reach, dimension, scope, proportions, range, spread; capacity, volume; width, length, breadth, height; weight:
It is difficult to calculate the measure of an irregularly shaped object
2 scale, gauge or technical gage, yardstick, rule, US litmus test:
I cannot determine the length without a proper measure.
3 system, standard, criterion, rule, method; barometer, Richter scale:
The measure by which ice-cream is sold ought to be weight, not volume. What sort of measure do you apply when judging character?
4 assessment, evaluation, valuation, appraisal, value, gauge or gage, rank, rating, measurement, stamp, estimation:
It is not easy to get the measure of a man who wants to marry your daughter
5 quota, allotment, ration, share, amount, degree, proportion, quantity, allowance; portion, part:
He was accorded a measure of freedom in choosing the method for getting the job done. She has had her measure of praise
6 Often, measures. step(s), procedure, proceeding, action, course (of action), plan, method, means, avenue, tactic(s), way, direction, approach, technique:
They took measures to ensure that it never happens again.
7 bill, resolution, legislation, act, statute, law; plan, proposal:
A measure to change the speed limit is before the council.
8 bound, limit, end, extreme, extent, limitation, moderation, control, constraint, restraint:
Drug trafficking has gone beyond all measure in some countries.
9 beat, rhythm, cadence, metre, time; melody, tune, bar, theme, motif:
The ambassador entered, and the band played in stately measures.
10 for good measure. to boot, in addition, additionally, as a dividend, into the bargain, besides, as or for a bonus, moreover, furthermore:
The job includes a company car and, for good measure, free medical insurance.
11 rank, rate, gauge or gage, meter, weigh, calculate, reckon, compute, calibrate, determine, ascertain, figure out or up, assess, appraise, estimate, evaluate, judge, value; survey, find out:
We must measure the effect of the new safety regulations on our equipment budget. Public acceptance of the new product may be difficult to measure
12 proportion, pace, adapt, gauge, relate, tailor, fit, adjust, regulate, control:
Teachers should measure homework assignments according to pupils' available time. Measure your words when speaking to young children
13 measure off or out. mark off or out, limit, delimit, fix, pace off or out, lay off:
Now measure off exactly 122.5 metres due north.
14 measure out. mete out, dole out, ration (out), parcel out, apportion, allot, share out, assign, allocate; give out, deal out, distribute, issue, pass out, hand out, dispense, disperse, spread around or about:
The relief workers measured out food and water to the victims of the famine
15 measure up (to).
(a) meet, equal, fulfil, match, reach, attain:
The first eleven have not measured up to their coach's expectations. Will they ever measure up?
(b) qualify (for), be suitable (for), be equal to, be fit or fitted for, be adequate (to), be up to, Colloq make the grade, come up to scratch, be up to snuff, US cut the mustard:
If Clive gets the assignment, are you sure that he'll measure up? No one else measures up to the job.
1 official action to deal with a problem
appropriate, effective, necessary, practical
We urge you to adopt all necessary measures to guarantee people's safety.
| important, key, special | simple | desperate, draconian, drastic, extreme, harsh, radical, repressive, strong, tough | emergency, urgent | interim, short-term, temporary | defensive, precautionary, preventative | disciplinary, punitive | corrective, remedial | safety, security
New security measures implemented to prevent further violence.
| austerity, cost-cutting, economy, efficiency | economic, policy | government
package, range, series
a package of measures aimed at cutting pollution
VERB + MEASURE
adopt, implement, impose, introduce, take
Special measures are being taken to protect the local water supplies.
| propose, suggest
MEASURE + VERB
be aimed at sth, be designed to, be intended to
tougher measures against racism
| ~ for
measures for reducing delays
2 amount/quantity of sth
broad, considerable, fair, generous, great, significant, substantial, wide
He poured me a generous measure of whisky.
in large/some measure
His success was due in large measure to your help.
| in equal measure, in no small measure
3 unit of size/quantity
accurate, direct, objective, precise
an accurate measure of length
weights and measures
4 sign of sth
crude, simple, true, useful
Landed income was the true measure of the gentry.
More information about MEASURE
and measures ~ of
I always drink gallons of water.
half a, a quarter of a ~
half a litre of milk
hour, inch, mile, ounce, pint, poundThey used to sell corned beef at 2d a quarter pound.
cubic, square ~
One litre is equivalent to 1,000 cubic centimetres.
The room is about 15 metres square.
~ broad, deep, high, long, tall, thick, wide
The new dock was 230 m long and 92 m broad.
~ bigger, cooler, faster, heavier, lighter, slower, etc.
The climate was several degrees warmer than it is now.
about, approximately, around ~
1 foot = approx. 0.3 metres
be, cover, measure, span, stretch (for) ~
used with measures of distance and areaThe National Park covers 3,000 acres. The sandy beach stretches for over four miles.
be, weigh ~
used with measures of weightShe weighed over ten stone.
be, last, take ~
used with measures of timeIt takes approximately 365 and a quarter days for the earth to revolve around the sun.
in a ~
How many centilitres are there in a litre?
We were asked to estimate the temperature of the room in degrees.
to a/the ~
My car does 10 miles to the litre.
a, per ~
They're 99p a dozen. a safety threshold of 50 mg of nitrates per litre
by the ~
Apples are sold by the kilogram.
The path will be built to a width of 2 metres.
~ in area, length, volume, weight, size, etc.
Killer whales are up to ten metres in length.
~ by ~
a huge room measuring 50 m by 18 m
to the nearest ~
Give your answer to the nearest metre.
1 find the size of sth
accurately, exactly, precisely | carefully | directly
Any type of data that could not be directly measured was rejected.
| easily | experimentally | up
We need to measure the room up for a new carpet.
VERB + MEASURE
be able to, can/cannot
You can now measure its length more accurately.
| be easy to, be possible to | be difficult to, be hard to, be impossible to
She's being measured for her wedding outfit.
Cloth is measured in metres.
2 judge the importance/value/effect of sth
The policy's impact cannot be easily measured.
| effectively | objectively
VERB + MEASURE
can/cannot | be easy to, be possible to | be difficult to, be hard to, be impossible to
It is hard to measure the benefits to society of this scheme.
| be used to
the criteria that are used to measure performance
Is it really possible to measure the skills of such jobs according to objective standards?
The school's performance is measured against a strict set of criteria.
The policy's effectiveness cannot be measured by numbers alone.
| in terms of
Success cannot be measured merely in terms of the size of your salary.
a method/way of measuring sth
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