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noun [countable] measure pronunciation in British English /ˈmeʒə(r)/
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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.
  4. 4
    a unit in a system of measurement
    standard measures of the metric system such as the litre
    1. c.
      a standard amount of alcohol served in a bar, restaurant etc
      Measures sold in Scotland have been traditionally larger.
  5. 5
    music American a bar in a line of printed music

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