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verb     measure pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlemeasuring
past tensemeasured
past participlemeasured
  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.

    1. a.
      [linking verb] to be a particular size

      The bed measured over six feet in width.

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    2. b.
      [transitive] to find the size of someone’s 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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