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/ 5meVE(r); `mZVL/ v 1 (a) [I, Ip, Tn, Tn.pr, Tn.p] ~ (sth) (up) find the size, length, volume, etc of (sth) by comparing it with a standard unit ; : Can you measure accurately with this ruler? ? * First measure (it) up, then cut the timber to the correct length. , . * measure the width of a door, the level of an electric current, the speed of a car * The tailor measured me (up) for a suit, ie measured my chest, arms, legs, etc. . (b) [Tn] (fig ) assess (sth); gauge , ; ; : It's hard to measure his ability when we haven't seen his work. , . 2 [In/pr] be (a certain size, length, volume, etc) : The room measures 10 metres across. 10. 3 [Tn] carefully consider (sth) : He's a man who measures his words. . * She failed to measure the effect of her actions on her family. . 4 [Tn.pr] ~ sth against/with sth/sb test sth through competition, conflict, etc , : measure one's strength against sb else * You have to measure your determination with that of other people. . 5 (idm ) measure one's `length (joc ) fall flat on the ground . measure one's strength (with/against sb) compete with sb to see who is the stronger . 6 (phr v) measure sth off mark out a length or lengths of sth : She measured off two metres of cloth. . measure sth out give a measured quantity of sth : measure out a dose of medicine . measure up (to sth) reach the standard required or expected : The discussions didn't measure up (to my expectations). .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009-11-22 13:41:53
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measure
/ 5meVE(r); `mZVL/ n 1 (a) [U, C] standard or system used in stating the size, quantity or degree of sth ; : liquid measure * dry measure * Which measure of weight do pharmacists use? ? =>App 5 5. (b) [C] unit used in such a standard or system : The metre is a measure of length. . 2 [C] standard quantity of sth : a measure of grain, eg a bushel * a measure of whisky, ie in England usu --- gill, in Scotland usu --- ---, ---. 3 [C] instrument such as a rod, tape or container marked with standard units, used for testing length, volume, etc ; : The barman uses a small silver measure for brandy. . 4 [sing] ~ of sth way of assessing sth , : His resignation is a measure of how angry he is. . * Words cannot always give the measure of one's feelings, ie show how strong they are. . 5 [sing] ~ of sth degree of sth; some , : She achieved a measure of success with her first book. . 6 [C usu pl ] action taken to achieve a purpose ; ; : measures against crime * safety measures * The authorities took measures to prevent tax fraud. . * The government has suggested measures (ie proposed laws) to reduce crime. . 7 [U] (dated ) verse-rhythm; metre; tempo of a piece of music ; . 8 (idm ) beyond `measure (fml ) very great(ly) ; : Her joy was beyond measure. . * He fascinates me beyond measure. . for good `measure as an extra amount of sth or as an additional item ; ; : The pianist gave a long and varied recital, with a couple of encores for good measure. , . get/take the measure of sb assess sb's character or abilities : It took the tennis champion a few games to get the measure of his opponent. . give full/short `measure give exactly/less than the correct amount []: I'm sure the shopkeeper gave me short measure when she weighed out the potatoes.  . ,half `measure policy that lacks thoroughness : This job must be done properly I want no half measures. --. in great, large, some, etc `measure (fml ) to a great, some, etc extent or degree ...: His failure is in great/large measure due to lack of confidence. . * Her success is in no small measure the result of luck. . make sth to `measure make (a garment) after taking individual measurements : Do you make suits to measure? ? * a made-to-measure suit .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009-11-22 13:41:53
measure
/ 5meVE(r); `mZVL/ n 1 (a) [U, C] standard or system used in stating the size, quantity or degree of sth ; : liquid measure * dry measure * Which measure of weight do pharmacists use? ? =>App 5 5. (b) [C] unit used in such a standard or system : The metre is a measure of length. . 2 [C] standard quantity of sth : a measure of grain, eg a bushel * a measure of whisky, ie in England usu --- gill, in Scotland usu --- ---, ---. 3 [C] instrument such as a rod, tape or container marked with standard units, used for testing length, volume, etc ; : The barman uses a small silver measure for brandy. . 4 [sing] ~ of sth way of assessing sth , : His resignation is a measure of how angry he is. . * Words cannot always give the measure of one's feelings, ie show how strong they are. . 5 [sing] ~ of sth degree of sth; some , : She achieved a measure of success with her first book. . 6 [C usu pl ] action taken to achieve a purpose ; ; : measures against crime * safety measures * The authorities took measures to prevent tax fraud. . * The government has suggested measures (ie proposed laws) to reduce crime. . 7 [U] (dated ) verse-rhythm; metre; tempo of a piece of music ; . 8 (idm ) beyond `measure (fml ) very great(ly) ; : Her joy was beyond measure. . * He fascinates me beyond measure. . for good `measure as an extra amount of sth or as an additional item ; ; : The pianist gave a long and varied recital, with a couple of encores for good measure. , . get/take the measure of sb assess sb's character or abilities : It took the tennis champion a few games to get the measure of his opponent. . give full/short `measure give exactly/less than the correct amount []: I'm sure the shopkeeper gave me short measure when she weighed out the potatoes.  . ,half `measure policy that lacks thoroughness : This job must be done properly I want no half measures. --. in great, large, some, etc `measure (fml ) to a great, some, etc extent or degree ...: His failure is in great/large measure due to lack of confidence. . * Her success is in no small measure the result of luck. . make sth to `measure make (a garment) after taking individual measurements : Do you make suits to measure? ? * a made-to-measure suit .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009-11-22 13:41:53

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