How to use
mensura, from metiri
an action, especially an official one, that is intended to deal with a particular problem
to reduce crime in the city.
drastic/tough/extreme etc measures
drastic measures to reduce traffic problems
were being demanded after last night's horrific train crash.
The new bridge was erected as a
to replace the one which was destroyed by floods.
something done to stop something bad from happening
He was kept in hospital overnight as a precautionary measure.
things done to deal with a difficult situation that are not effective or firm enough
This was no time for half measures and compromises.
be a measure of something
be a sign of the importance, strength etc of something, or a way of testing or judging something
The flowers and tears at the funeral were a measure of the people's love for her.
Exam results are not necessarily
a true measure of
a student's abilities.
a measure of something
an amount of something good or something that you want, for example success or freedom
The new law gives local governments a significant measure of control over their own finances.
I met a number of sportsmen who had achieved a measure of success
unit of measurement
an amount or unit in a measuring system
a table of
weights and measures
a standard amount of an alcoholic drink
in large measure/in some measure
a lot or quite a lot - used when talking about the reason or cause of something
are due in large measure to
in equal measure
used when the amount of one thing is the same as the amount of another thing
I was angry and embarrassed in equal measure.
for good measure
in addition to what you have already done, given, or included
Why don't you try phoning them one more time, for good measure?
very much or very great - used when you want to emphasize what you are saying
Her work has
improved beyond measure
the full measure of something
the whole of something
Ralph received the full measure of his mother's devotion.
in full measure
if someone gives something back in full measure, they give back as much as they received
They returned our hospitality in full measure.
have/get the measure of something
to become familiar with something, so that you can control or deal with it
have/get the measure of somebody
to know what someone's strengths and weaknesses are, so that you are able to deal with them or defeat them
She soon got the measure of her opponent.
thing used for measuring
something used for measuring, for example a piece of wood or a container
a group of notes and
, separated from other groups by vertical lines, into which a piece of music is divided
➔ give somebody short measure
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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