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verb measure pronunciation in British English /ˈmeʒə(r)/
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present tense
I/you/we/theymeasure
he/she/itmeasures
present participlemeasuring
past tensemeasured
past participlemeasured
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to find the exact size, amount, speed etc of something using a special tool or special equipment
    We measured from the back of the house to the fence.
    The satellite measures atmospheric gases responsible for ozone destruction.
    1. a.
      [linking verb] to be a particular size
      The room measures approximately 12 feet by 13 feet.
      The bed measured over six feet in width.
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    2. b.
      [transitive] to find the size of someones body in order to buy or make clothes for them
      measure someone for something: He’s being measured for a new suit.
  2. 2
    [transitive] [often passive] to form an opinion about how good or bad something is
    measure something by something: Success isn’t measured by how much money you have.
    measure something in terms of something: Popularity is still measured in terms of winning elections.
    measure someone/something against someone/something: Measured against the success of some of their rivals, the performance looks poor.

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