measure - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  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. 5
    music American a bar in a line of printed music