measure up - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb
present tense
I/you/we/theymeasure up
he/she/itmeasures up
present participlemeasuring up
past tensemeasured up
past participlemeasured up
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to be good enough

    The machines are being trialled to see how they measure up.

    measure up to:

    Will he measure up to the challenges that lie ahead of him?

  2. 2
    [transitive] to measure something in preparation for making, building, or fitting something else

    I measure up the boards and then Joe cuts them.

See also main entry: measure