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to find the size, length, or amount of something, using standard units such as
, metres etc
The rainfall was measured over a three-month period.
measure somebody for something
measure someone in order to make clothes for them
She was being measured for her wedding dress.
measure something in something
We can measure the energy that food provides in calories.
one used for measuring
to judge the importance, value, or true nature of something
Doctors say it is too early to measure the effectiveness of the drug.
measure something by something
Education shouldn't be measured purely by examination results.
to be a particular size, length, or amount
The room measures 6x6 metres.
The earthquake measured 6.5 on the Richter scale.
if a piece of equipment measures something, it shows or records a particular kind of measurement
An odometer measures the number of miles your car travels.
to judge someone or something by comparing them with another person or thing
Bridget did not think she had to measure herself against some ideal standard.
Measured against our budget last year, $2.7 million seems small.
measure something ↔
to measure a particular length or distance, and make a mark so that you can see the beginning and end
He measured off three yards of rope.
measure something ↔
to take a specific amount of liquid, powder etc from a larger amount
Measure out 100 grams of flour.
to be good enough to do a particular job or to reach a particular standard
We'll give you a week's trial in the job to see how you measure up.
measure up to
How will the Secretary General measure up to his new responsibilities?
to measure something before you do something, for example before you put in new furniture, cupboards etc
I'd better measure up before I start laying the carpet.
measure something ↔ up
Measure up any items that you want to keep in the kitchen.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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