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Verb: measure  me-zhu(r)
  1. Determine the measurements of something or somebody, take measurements of
    "Measure the length of the wall"; "measure out the length of the wall";
    - mensurate, measure out
  2. Express as a number, measure or quantity
    "Can you measure your results?";
    - quantify, quantitate
  3. Have certain dimensions
    "This table surfaces measures 20inches by 36 inches"
  4. Estimate or determine the nature, value, quality, ability, extent, or significance of
    "I will have the family jewels measured by a professional";
    - evaluate, valuate, assess, appraise, value, scope
Noun: measure  me-zhu(r)
  1. A course of action made as part of progress toward a goal
    "the situation called for strong measures";
    - step
  2. How much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify
    - quantity, amount
  3. (law) a statute in draft before it becomes law
    "they held a public hearing on the measure";
    - bill
  4. The act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule
    - measurement, measuring, mensuration
  5. A basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated
    "they set the measure for all subsequent work";
    - standard, criterion, touchstone
  6. (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
    - meter [US], metre [Brit, Cdn], beat, cadence
  7. Musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats
    "the orchestra omitted the last twelve measures of the song";
    - bar
  8. Measuring instrument having a sequence of marks at regular intervals; used as a reference in making measurements
    - measuring stick, measuring rod
  9. A container of some standard capacity that is used to obtain fixed amounts of a substance

Derived forms: measured, measuring, measures

See also: nonstandard, qualify, standard

Type of: abstract entity, abstraction, activity, be, carry, container, convey, decide, determine, evaluate, express, instrument, judge, legal document, legal instrument, make up one's mind, maneuver [US], manoeuvre [Brit, Cdn], measuring device, measuring instrument, measuring system, metric, musical notation, official document, pass judgment, poetic rhythm, prosody, rhythmic pattern, system of measurement, tactical maneuver [US], tactical manoeuvre [Brit, Cdn]

Encyclopedia: Measure