Meaning of MEASUREMENT in English


mea ‧ sure ‧ ment W3 /ˈmeʒəmənt $ -ʒər-/ BrE AmE noun

[ Word Family: adjective : ↑ measurable ≠ ↑ immeasurable , ↑ measured , ↑ measureless ; noun : ↑ measure , ↑ measurement ; verb : ↑ measure ; adverb : ↑ measurably ≠ ↑ immeasurably ]

1 . [countable] the length, height etc of something

waist/chest/leg etc measurement

What’s your waist measurement?

take/make measurements (=measure something)

Take measurements of the room before you buy any new furniture.

take sb’s measurements (=measure someone in order to make or get clothes for them)

The assistant took my measurements and showed me what was available in my size.

2 . [uncountable] the act of measuring something

measurement of

the measurement of performance

accurate measurement of body temperature

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■ verbs

▪ take/make a measurement (=measure something)

Scientists take daily measurements to find out if the ocean temperature is increasing.

▪ get a measurement

You get a more accurate measurement holding the tape this way.

▪ take sb’s measurements (=measure someone for a piece of clothing)

She was having her measurements taken for her wedding dress.

■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + measurement

▪ accurate

When making curtains, you need accurate measurements of the window.

▪ exact/precise

It's about 10 metres by 8 metres - I don't know the exact measurements.


This special equipment allows us to make very precise measurements.

▪ a careful measurement (=an accurate measurement – used when you are emphasizing the process of measuring)

Careful measurements of the human skull were taken and recorded.

▪ a direct measurement (=one made by measuring the thing itself, not a photograph of it)

Instruments in space allowed a direct measurement of Jupiter’s temperature.

▪ an objective measurement (=one that is not influenced by your opinions or feelings)

The test provides an objective measurement of the student’s listening skills.

▪ somebody's waist/chest/leg etc measurement

What is his waist measurement?

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.