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noun [countable] measure pronunciation in American English /ˈmeʒər/ 
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singularmeasure
pluralmeasures
  1. 1
    an action that is intended to achieve or deal with something

    This is a temporary measure to stop the problem from getting any worse.

    take measures to do something:

    Stronger measures will have to be taken to bring down unemployment.

    take measures against someone/something:

    When you are attacked, you take defensive measures against the attacker.

  2. 2
    an amount of a particular quality that is neither large nor small

    The system gives people a measure of protection against pollution.

  3. 3
    a way of judging something
    measure of:

    The tests are not an accurate measure of performance.

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  4. 4
    a unit in a system of measurement

    standard measures of the metric system such as the liter

    1. c.
      a standard amount of alcohol served in a bar, restaurant, etc.

      The bartender cheats on the measures he pours out.

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