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Meaning & Definition of Measure in English

English

Measure

/mɛʒər/

noun

1. Any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal

  • "The situation called for strong measures"
  • "The police took steps to reduce crime"
    synonym:
  • measure
  • ,
  • step

2. How much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify

    synonym:
  • measure
  • ,
  • quantity
  • ,
  • amount

3. A statute in draft before it becomes law

  • "They held a public hearing on the bill"
    synonym:
  • bill
  • ,
  • measure

4. The act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule

  • "The measurements were carefully done"
  • "His mental measurings proved remarkably accurate"
    synonym:
  • measurement
  • ,
  • measuring
  • ,
  • measure
  • ,
  • mensuration

5. A basis for comparison

  • A reference point against which other things can be evaluated
  • "The schools comply with federal standards"
  • "They set the measure for all subsequent work"
    synonym:
  • standard
  • ,
  • criterion
  • ,
  • measure
  • ,
  • touchstone

6. (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse

    synonym:
  • meter
  • ,
  • metre
  • ,
  • measure
  • ,
  • beat
  • ,
  • cadence

7. Musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats

  • "The orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song"
    synonym:
  • measure
  • ,
  • bar

8. Measuring instrument having a sequence of marks at regular intervals

  • Used as a reference in making measurements
    synonym:
  • measuring stick
  • ,
  • measure
  • ,
  • measuring rod

9. A container of some standard capacity that is used to obtain fixed amounts of a substance

    synonym:
  • measure

verb

1. Determine the measurements of something or somebody, take measurements of

  • "Measure the length of the wall"
    synonym:
  • measure
  • ,
  • mensurate
  • ,
  • measure out

2. Express as a number or measure or quantity

  • "Can you quantify your results?"
    synonym:
  • quantify
  • ,
  • measure

3. Have certain dimensions

  • "This table surfaces measures 20inches by 36 inches"
    synonym:
  • measure

4. Evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of

  • "I will have the family jewels appraised by a professional"
  • "Access all the factors when taking a risk"
    synonym:
  • measure
  • ,
  • evaluate
  • ,
  • valuate
  • ,
  • assess
  • ,
  • appraise
  • ,
  • value

Examples of using

We want to measure your blood pressure.
The measure of love is to love without measure.
Let's measure how tall you are.