Meaning of MEASURE in English



1. to measure something

2. the number or amount that you get when you measure something

3. an amount or quantity used for measuring something

4. to be a particular size, length etc

5. able to be measured


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1. to measure something

▷ measure /ˈmeʒəʳ/ [transitive verb]

to find out the size or amount of something, by using a special tool, machine, or system :

▪ Can you measure the desk to see if it’ll fit into that corner?

▪ The GNP figures measure the rate of growth in the economy.

▪ Electrodes were attached to his chest in order to measure his heart rate.

measure something at something

▪ Seismologists in Japan measured the earthquake at 7.7 on the Richter scale.

▪ Some species of python have been measured at over 28 feet long.

▷ weigh /weɪ/ [transitive verb]

to find out how heavy something is by measuring its weight with special equipment :

▪ Weigh all the ingredients carefully before mixing them together.

weigh yourself

▪ Every time I weigh myself I seem to have got heavier!

▷ time /taɪm/ [transitive verb]

to measure how long it takes for someone to do something or for something to happen :

▪ We timed how long it took us to get there.

▪ The swimming teacher always times us over 100 metres.

be timed at 20 miles per hour/3 minutes etc

▪ The fastest big cat, the cheetah, has been timed at over 60 mph.

▷ take /teɪk/ [transitive verb]

to measure how hot someone is, how fast their heart is beating etc, as part of a medical examination :

take somebody’s pulse/temperature/blood pressure

▪ My mother took my temperature and sent me back to bed.

▪ The doctor will take your blood pressure and check your weight.

▷ read /riːd/ [transitive verb]

to look at the number or result that a piece of equipment is showing when you are using it to measure something :

▪ Someone came to read the electricity meter this morning.

▪ The nurse read the thermometer and told me that my temperature was normal.

▷ take a reading /ˌteɪk ə ˈriːdɪŋ/ [verb phrase]

use this when a number or result often changes :

▪ Scientists took readings over several weeks and found that there was no unusual volcanic activity.

▷ meter /ˈmiːtəʳ/ [transitive verb]

to measure how much of something such as gas, water, or electricity is used, so that the companies supplying the gas etc know how much their customers should pay :

▪ The gas is metered and they send you a bill every three months.

▪ They’ve introduced a system of metering the amount of water used in a household.

▷ gauge /geɪdʒ/ [transitive verb]

to guess or judge in advance how much something will measure, use, cost etc, according to all the things that affect it :

▪ Recent polls have gauged the president’s support at 85% or more.

gauge how many/how much etc

▪ When all the figures are available, it should be possible to gauge how much we’ll need to spend.

▷ record /rɪˈkɔːʳd/ [transitive verb]

to measure the size, speed etc of something and keep the information so that it can be used later :

▪ Police recorded his speed at 99.04 miles per hour.

▪ Last year the company recorded a profit of £1.4 million.

▷ quantify /ˈkwɒntɪfaɪ, ˈkwɒntəfaɪǁˈkwɑːn-/ [transitive verb] formal

to measure something and express it as a number or amount, so that it can be counted and compared to other amounts :

▪ Just quantifying your financial goals will make you feel more in control of your future.

▪ In the UK, the operation will not be performed until the risks are better understood and quantified.

difficult/hard/impossible etc to quantify

▪ It’s difficult to quantify how long it will take to finish the project.

2. the number or amount that you get when you measure something

▷ measurement /ˈmeʒəʳmənt/ [countable noun]

a number or amount that you get when you measure something :

▪ What are the measurements of the bedroom?

take a measurement

▪ I’ll just take a few measurements, then I can tell you how much paint you will need.

waist/chest/hip etc measurement

how much you measure around your waist, chest etc

▪ I think his chest measurement is 40, or maybe 42.

somebody’s measurements

someone’s height, waist size etc

▪ I can easily alter the dress for you, but I’ll need your exact measurements.

▷ reading /ˈriːdɪŋ/ [countable noun]

a number or result that a piece of equipment shows when you are measuring something :

▪ The electricity meter reading was much higher than I’d expected.

▪ We use atmospheric pressure readings from barometers to forecast the weather.

3. an amount or quantity used for measuring something

▷ unit /ˈjuːnɪt, ˈjuːnət/ [countable noun]

a fixed quantity, length, or weight that is used for measuring something, for example a metre or a pint are units :

▪ What’s the unit of currency in India?

▪ It takes your body about an hour to burn up one unit of alcohol, such as half a pint of beer.

▪ The asteroids all lie between 2.2 and 3.3 astronomical units from the sun.

unit of measurement

▪ A fathom is the unit of measurement used in calculating sea depth.

▷ measure /ˈmeʒəʳ/ [singular noun]

measure of

a certain amount of liquid, especially alcohol, that you measure in any small container :

▪ To make the drink, you will need one measure of red wine to two measures of lemonade.

▪ a measure of brandy

4. to be a particular size, length etc

▷ be /bi, strong biː/ [verb]

to be a particular size, length, height, weight etc :

▪ He’s going on a diet. He’s over two hundred pounds.

▪ Our present altitude is 30,000 feet, and our speed is 500 miles per hour.

be 10 cms long/wide/deep/high/tall

▪ The room’s about six metres long and four metres wide.

be 10 cms in length/ in depth/in width etc

▪ At the shallow end, the pool’s less than one metre in depth.

▷ measure /ˈmeʒəʳ/ [verb]

to have a particular length, height, width, or depth, especially when it is known exactly :

▪ The yacht measures eighty-four feet and is fitted out to the highest standards.

▪ Surgeons use a laser with a beam measuring less than the width of a human hair.

▷ weigh /weɪ/ [verb]

to have a particular weight :

▪ The blue whale is a vast creature, weighing up to 30 tons.

▪ Our portable computer weighs 7 pounds and costs about $4000.

▪ Allen is a fast runner, despite weighing 325 pounds and having a chest like a barrel.

▪ How much do you weigh?

5. able to be measured

▷ measurable /ˈmeʒ ə rəb ə l/ [adjective]

if something is measurable, it is possible to measure it :

▪ Pain and suffering are not measurable.

measurable benefits/improvements/results etc

▪ While the technique had little impact on infants, it produced measurable benefits with 7 to 9 year olds.

▷ quantifiable /ˈkwɒntɪfaɪəb ə l, ˈkwɒntəfaɪəb ə lǁˈkwɑːn-/ [adjective] formal

if something is quantifiable, it is possible to measure it and show it as a number or amount, so that it can be compared to other numbers or amounts :

▪ More complete and quantifiable data has come from the laboratory recently.

▪ Managers should have clear goals and their performance should be quantifiable.

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