Definition of measure in English:



  • 1Ascertain the size, amount, or degree of (something) by using an instrument or device marked in standard units or by comparing it with an object of known size.

    ‘the amount of water collected is measured in pints’
    ‘they will measure up the room and install the cabinets’
    • ‘Using a standard method, they measured the hybrids' fermentation efficiency.’
    • ‘He's currently in our waters to measure whale numbers, and to audit the impact of man-made pollutants on marine creatures.’
    • ‘The wireless device measures a variety of parameters such as temperature, pulse, blood oxygen saturation and heart rate.’
    • ‘Plus, we provide the control and safety systems and instrumentation used to measure the oil flow.’
    • ‘Continue to pump out water until the pump turns off, and again measure the water level.’
    • ‘A rotary encoder is a digital input device used to measure angular rotation and direction.’
    • ‘Volatility is typically measured by the standard deviation of the return of an investment.’
    • ‘Now you've also been attaching devices to them that measure the depth to which they dive.’
    • ‘The movement of the pillar is measured in millimetres.’
    • ‘For one test, a device called a reflectometer is used to measure the degree of whiteness in processed tuber samples destined to become chips.’
    • ‘They can measure force - the amount of pressure being exerted.’
    • ‘The group's device allows researchers to measure the heat given off by these electrons, and devise ways to get around the problem, Blick says.’
    • ‘Either measure the amount in ounces or measure the depth of water in each jar.’
    • ‘The units will also measure electromagnetic fields from other sources, such as radio and TV.’
    • ‘A nautical instrument used to measure the altitude of stars and planets in the sky in order to determine a ship's exact direction.’
    • ‘If a water meter isn't installed on the system, a short-term pumping plant test can be run using one of a variety of devices to measure the flow rate.’
    • ‘Geologists use centimeter-precision GPS devices to measure the movement of continental plates.’
    • ‘The equipment is similar to the device for measuring earthquakes.’
    • ‘When the tank team fed the fish they also measured the water temperature and counted the fish.’
    • ‘Devices that measure the evaporation of water such as atmometers may be useful.’
    take the measurements of, calculate, compute, estimate, count, meter, quantify, weigh, size, evaluate, rate, assess, appraise, gauge, plumb, measure out, determine, judge, survey
    survey, quantify, take the measurements of, weigh, appraise, determine
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    1. 1.1 Be of (a specified size or degree)
      ‘the fabric measures 45 inches wide’
      • ‘The earthquake, measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, hit the country on Saturday afternoon.’
      • ‘The posters, which measure 27 by 40 inches, will be on sale through March 15 for $25.’
      • ‘The sculptures, measuring 17 to 31 inches tall, feature the romantic images of beautiful women and couples, which Hessam often depicts in his paintings.’
      • ‘In October an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale struck Japan's Niigata prefecture.’
      • ‘It measures 7.75 inches wide by 4.25 inches high by 12.75 inches long and weighs about 4 pounds.’
      • ‘It's much larger than the other two, measuring 78 by 48 inches.’
      • ‘Sewn from a rich green vinyl, the outside sleeves each measured about 16 inches long.’
      • ‘The display is typically a computer screen with 480 pixels down and 640 pixels across, measuring approximately 0.7 inches on the diagonal.’
      • ‘Last year's international survey of recent architecture measured 18 by 12 inches and took a trolley to move about the room.’
      • ‘The length of the dorsal wall of the medial claw is approximately 7.5 cm when measured from the apex to the coronary band.’
      • ‘TVs measuring 3 or 4 inches thick are opening up placement opportunities hitherto unknown, including above fireplaces and in kitchens and game rooms.’
      • ‘Last September, Taiwan suffered a massive earthquake which measured 7.3 on the Richter scale.’
      • ‘Of the 21 works at Howard Scott, The Open Boat is the largest, measuring 45 by 69 inches.’
      • ‘The square measured approximately two inches from side to side.’
      • ‘Madeira is the largest of the islands, measuring about 57 km wide and 22 km long.’
      • ‘The suggested retail price of this year's poster, which measures 28 by 23 inches, is $30.’
      • ‘The rectangular slab is slightly curved, measuring 17 inches thick at the center and tapering to 10 inches on the sides.’
      • ‘The paper editions measure approximately 24 by 34 inches and the canvas editions measure 40 by 55 inches.’
      • ‘An earthquake measuring 5.5 in magnitude rocked the region today.’
      • ‘That's no problem as the juicer measures a compact 15 inches high by ten inches wide, so it can fit easily into most kitchen cupboards or presses.’
    2. 1.2 Ascertain the size and proportions of (someone) in order to make or provide clothes for them.
      ‘he will be measured for his tuxedo next week’
      • ‘He'd forgotten how maddening it was being measured for new clothes.’
      • ‘She turned to Colette and lifted her down from the bed and asked the modiste to measure her.’
      • ‘Elizabeth stepped off the stool and began looking around the small shop as Kathryn was measured.’
      • ‘We won't see any suit, just you being measured for a suit.’
      • ‘They had been being standing in Gayle's sitting room for nearly six hours, being continuously measured and pricked by pins and needles for clothes to be worn tomorrow.’
      • ‘When we got back, Jen showed me some simple stitches and measured me for a dress before the dance.’
      • ‘It raised its rotting hands, mentally measuring Ben to see what size clothes he was best suited for.’
      • ‘They measured me: arms and legs, waist and chest.’
      • ‘I am going to measure you and then recommend a bra size.’
      • ‘She measured me every which way: arms, back, height, shoulders, waist, hips, chest.’
      • ‘A tailor was brought in to measure Willow for clothes.’
      • ‘Caderyn measured her, as one of the blacksmiths wrote the measurements and began to draw the sword.’
      • ‘While Vandy measured him, Doriel began to tell one of the more tame war stories, but Malindila and Vandy both shook their heads.’
      • ‘Mareen came in with two palace tailors to measure me for the wedding.’
      • ‘They were tailors, and they promptly began measuring her for clothes.’
      • ‘‘My older daddy is gonna make it for me, just as soon as he measures me,’ Katie said proudly.’
      • ‘She tried not to shift as the plump woman measured her.’
      • ‘It fit her perfectly, as if David had measured her himself, but it wasn't what she was used too.’
      • ‘Sakura blushed as he measured her, his skin brushing against hers now and then.’
      • ‘Make sure that you're properly measured by a qualified fitter at a reputable ski shop.’
    3. 1.3measure something out Take an exact quantity or fixed amount of something.
      ‘she helped to measure out the ingredients’
      • ‘While his mom measured out the ingredients, it became our job to stir; he would stir, and then hand it to me for my turn.’
      • ‘However, compared to how much it costs to buy a small 1/2 lb block of chocolate normally, it turned out to be good value, and it keeps well if you store it in a cool dark place, not to mention the ease with which you can measure it out!’
      • ‘I don't measure them out in coffee spoons, you know.’
      • ‘Mama took some time cutting the sugar-cake and I was certain it was because she was measuring it out, making sure everyone got the same sized piece.’
      mark off, mark the boundaries of, mark the limits of, measure out, demarcate, delimit, delineate, outline, describe, define, stake out
      pour out, dole out, deal out
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  • 2Estimate or assess the extent, quality, value, or effect of (something)

    ‘it is hard to measure teaching ability’
    • ‘Many corporations are recognizing the importance of measuring a variety of factors, says Hoog.’
    • ‘It's very hard for me to measure the success of that.’
    • ‘One typically measures the quality of a published scholarly book by an important pedagogical yardstick.’
    • ‘The amount of energy and intelligence and direction that the right CEO can bring to a corporation can be the single most determining factor in measuring the success of the company.’
    • ‘Companies need to take a broad prospective to measure the true value of their search engine marketing efforts.’
    • ‘There is a growing interest in evaluating teachers by measuring student learning.’
    • ‘Contemporary buildings have long lost their ability to accurately measure the urban significance of what they hold.’
    • ‘The hard part in measuring a site's success is often determining what the goals of the site should be - what should you be looking for.’
    choose carefully, select with care, consider, think carefully about, plan, calculate
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    1. 2.1measure someone/something against Judge someone or something by comparison with (a certain standard)
      ‘she did not need to measure herself against some ideal’
      • ‘For the first time ever, I realized that my mother measured my achievements against those of my sisters.’
      • ‘He set standards that all great bowlers are measured against.’
      • ‘I encourage organizations to measure their financial performance against two-year plans.’
      • ‘The guide also comprised several small tables measuring universities against a number of criteria.’
      • ‘Before I was able to find such a host, I had to measure each company against four stringent criteria.’
      • ‘Instead, it uses an independent survey programme that measures its performance against the charter.’
      • ‘Each person's abilities are measured against the job requirements and expected tasks.’
      • ‘Districts choose from commercially available standardized tests to measure students against national norms.’
      • ‘In 50 years' time, will we still be measuring educational standards against O-levels?’
      • ‘As such, we've established baselines that we need to be constantly measuring our performance against.’
      compare with, contrast with, put into competition with
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    2. 2.2measure upno object Reach the required or expected standard; fulfill expectations.
      ‘I'm afraid we didn't measure up to the standards they set’
      • ‘I wanted to conquer this fear of not measuring up, so I took a ton of classes.’
      • ‘I had been making my first movie in my head for so long, I don't think anything would have measured up to my standards.’
      • ‘If the milk measures up to quality standards, it is hooked up to a receiving pump, passed through a filter and forwarded to one of six silos depending on its composition.’
      • ‘It must be their tragic flaws that make them fail to measure up in our eyes.’
      • ‘Sadly, the rest of the film doesn't measure up to her impressive standards.’
      • ‘Many companies seem to have set too high a standard for their employees to measure up to.’
      • ‘Here we have a clear cut case of film trying to measure up to a literary work, or of an audience expecting to make such a comparison.’
      • ‘If it's not measuring up, what else needs to be done?’
      • ‘He didn't see how he could ever measure up to his father's standards.’
      • ‘The table below shows how the United States measures up to this simple standard of fairness.’
      come up to standard, achieve the required standard, fulfil expectations, fill the bill, fit the bill, pass muster, do well
      achieve, meet, come up to, equal, be equal to, match, rival, vie with, bear comparison with, be on a level with, serve, satisfy, fulfil, comply with
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    3. 2.3 Scrutinize (someone) keenly in order to form an assessment of them.
      ‘the two shook hands and silently measured each other up’
      • ‘Caleb looked at me for a second or two like he had measured me up and made his decision.’
      • ‘He glanced at her out of the corner of his eye, measuring her up.’
      • ‘I have measured her up and she seems to be the only one I can think of who is worthy of you.’
      • ‘Harry measured her up, wondering whether to say any more.’
      • ‘She glared at Ellee, measuring her up with her own angry eyes.’
      • ‘I looked at the family more closely because I could tell that they were measuring me up.’
      • ‘Alice looked up at me and measured me up in her vision.’
      • ‘While I was measuring up my aunt, she was giving me the once over too.’
      • ‘She frowned at him and measured him up with a glance.’
      • ‘Narrowed brown eyes studied her, measuring her up.’
      evaluate, rate, assess, appraise, judge, adjudge, weigh up, size up, survey
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  • 3archaic Travel over (a certain distance or area)

    ‘we must measure twenty miles today’


  • 1A plan or course of action taken to achieve a particular purpose.

    ‘cost-cutting measures’
    ‘children were evacuated as a precautionary measure’
    • ‘Some of these measures have been achieved, to an extent, but often outside the UN framework.’
    • ‘This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements.’
    • ‘Banks will also be asked to draw up measures to achieve gender equality, and agree a plan for achieving targets.’
    • ‘The Board was planning measures which would lead to the reduction of the illegal practice.’
    • ‘The Green Party's new election manifesto contains a programme of realistic, mutually consistent and self-reinforcing measures to achieve localisation.’
    • ‘The bad news is that more cost-cutting measures are likely.’
    • ‘Boston also contends that the plan does not offer measures to stimulate the economy.’
    • ‘A company spokesman said no further cost-cutting measures were planned for its Irish operations.’
    • ‘But the Court said that, while such an objective was legitimate, the measures used to achieve it went beyond what was necessary.’
    • ‘Layoffs, streamlining operations, and other cost cutting measures are the norm these days as businesses contemplate their futures.’
    • ‘Control measures should be initiated as soon as possible, both to improve effectiveness and reduce total control costs.’
    • ‘The company has already said it will take a restructuring charge this year due to cost-cutting measures in its operations.’
    • ‘There are, however, control measures in operation which reduce this risk.’
    • ‘But the remedial measures planned expose the government's failure to understand the realities that the country will face in the coming decades.’
    • ‘It said cost-cutting measures and cost control remain the focus for more than one-third of organisations in 2004.’
    • ‘It added that these international players have started initiating cost-cutting measures to improve their cost-structure.’
    • ‘‘Of course, we understand Dublin's desire to take precautionary measures,’ a British spokesman said.’
    • ‘It must publish and implement clear, enforceable measures to achieve enhanced productivity from those that will still be employed by the state.’
    • ‘Don't assume someone else will clean up after an accident, and take precautionary measures to prevent the next one.’
    • ‘Another measure planned will allow for cross-investments between sub-funds run by the same fund manager.’
    action, act, course, course of action, deed, proceeding, procedure, step, means, expedient
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    1. 1.1 A legislative bill.
      ‘the Senate passed the measure by a 48–30 vote’
      • ‘Already, more than two dozen states have passed measures against garbage mail.’
      • ‘In a bold response, Congressional leaders added a measure to the energy bill raising fuel economy by one mile per gallon.’
      • ‘Critics of the measure worry that the bill will depress the price of US labour in the tech sector.’
      • ‘In this tidal wave of deregulatory measures, the anti-discrimination legislation escaped almost unscathed.’
      • ‘Since 1997, the UK construction sector has seen the introduction of a raft of legislative measures and incentives.’
      • ‘The measure passed in 2000 was to finish the job.’
      • ‘In an exclusive interview finance minister Charlie McCreevy discusses tax measures in the Finance Bill, tax amnesties, the bank levy and public spending.’
      • ‘The European Council has passed the measure but the deadline for its adoption into the laws of EU member states is still 15 months away.’
      • ‘All of these legislative measures made it much easier for labor unions to accomplish their goals.’
      • ‘The new measures in the Pensions Bill requiring consultation on changes to future benefits will be welcome from an employee's perspective.’
      • ‘However, before becoming law the measure will have to go through several more stages and needs to be approved by EU ministers.’
      • ‘Protestors said that the measures in the bill are similar to those recently introduced in China.’
      • ‘In 1997, the House passed a measure to abolish the agency, but the Senate restored its funding.’
      • ‘Vetoes, threats of vetoes, and government shutdowns kept most anti-environmental measures from becoming law.’
      • ‘Yet the odds are against the measure as legislated policy.’
      • ‘Many other counties, including Sonoma, Alameda, and Santa Barbara, are organizing to pass similar measures.’
      • ‘Those backing the Bill say the new measures simply bring new communication technologies in line with regulations governing traditional telephony services.’
      • ‘German chancellor Gerhard Schroder announced that his cabinet would soon pass measures to outlaw Islamic organisations deemed to have abused their religious status.’
      • ‘He signed the measure into law on May 9 of that year.’
      • ‘The bill extends measures aimed at individuals and to lesser extent corporations.’
      statute, act, bill, law, legislation
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    2. 1.2archaic Punishment or retribution imposed or inflicted on someone.
      ‘Sir Walter had hard measure dealt out to him by his vain and weak sovereign’
  • 2A standard unit used to express the size, amount, or degree of something.

    ‘a furlong is an obsolete measure of length’
    ‘tables of weights and measures’
    • ‘The unit of toxin measure is the hemagglutinating unit (hau).’
    • ‘Similarly, units of measure had to be reconciled.’
    • ‘Most confusing are the measures of kilos, hectares, kilometers, centimeters, and grams.’
    • ‘Invariable uniformity of value in the currency, has a relation to the interests of the people, similar to that of uniformity of weights and measures.’
    • ‘You already know about selecting your units of measure.’
    • ‘It was an old one, with weight and measures on the top.’
    • ‘In layman's terms, standard deviation is a unit of statistical measure that also expresses the probability of a given outcome arising.’
    • ‘The basic mechanisms of RAM memory are detailed, and memory units of measure are outlined and explained.’
    • ‘As all units of measure are determined arbitrarily in the first place, though not fixed by law, obviously they can be altered by law.’
    • ‘For that it needed a flexible, easily deployed system that would enable operations people to forecast by various units of measure.’
    system, standard, units, scale
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    1. 2.1 A system or scale of standard measuring units.
      ‘the original dimensions were in imperial measure’
      • ‘Often the two sets of data have very different scales of measure, so a bar graph would not work.’
      statute, act, bill, law, legislation
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    2. 2.2 A particular amount of something.
      ‘a measure of egg white as a binding agent’
    3. 2.3 A standard official amount of an alcoholic drink as served in a licensed establishment.
      • ‘Don't let the late-night munchies make you pay £1.50 for a Mars bar or £6 for a single measure of spirits.’
      portion, quantity, amount, quota, ration, allowance, allocation
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    4. 2.4 A container of standard capacity used for taking fixed amounts of a substance.
    5. 2.5 A graduated rod or tape used for ascertaining the size of something.
      ruler, tape measure, rule, gauge, meter, scale, level, yardstick
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    6. 2.6Mathematics A quantity contained in another an exact number of times; a divisor.
    7. 2.7Printing The width of a full line of type or print, typically expressed in picas.
  • 3A certain quantity or degree of something.

    ‘the states retain a large measure of independence’
    • ‘By the late 70s he had achieved a measure of fame.’
    • ‘This they did with a fair measure of success from the 1940s through to the 1970s.’
    • ‘She concentrated on centering herself, achieving a slight measure of control.’
    • ‘Well, if we're all still speaking at the end and the PIC site is being accessed and used, we have a good measure of success.’
    • ‘Creative Assembly has done a masterful job of balancing the various factions' capabilities while still retaining a significant measure of historical accuracy.’
    • ‘The carpet beside the bed indicates a chamber decorated for Costanza's lying in; its bare floor indicates a measure of austerity appropriate to her station.’
    • ‘Much of her art has required a substantial measure of patience in its extended procedures.’
    • ‘There was more than one instance where claws sunk into soft tissue and offered them a small measure of success.’
    • ‘Indeed, a good measure of success in this endeavour has already been achieved.’
    certain amount, amount, degree, quantity
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    1. 3.1 An indication or means of assessing the degree, extent, or quality of something.
      ‘it was a measure of the team's problems that they were still working after 2 a.m.’
      • ‘Customer loyalty and satisfaction are key measures of success.’
      • ‘It would at least have given a clear measure of the extent of anti-agreement sentiment in the unionist community.’
      • ‘This is one of the most visible and encouraging measures of the success of these institutions.’
      • ‘I'm happy to accept this wager as a measure of the quality of my predictions about the long term sustainability of commons-based peer production.’
      • ‘That alone is a measure of the extent to which the listeners were drawn into the music, but subsequent conversation proved the point.’
      • ‘It is a measure of the quality you can expect to hear, however, that whatever you pay to see them will probably be worth it.’
      yardstick, test, standard, norm, barometer, touchstone, litmus test, criterion, benchmark
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  • 4The rhythm of a piece of poetry or a piece of music.

    • ‘The show coasted on sheer mastery of compas, the rhythmic measure that defines all flamenco, and on the charisma of the artists probing the art's dark and light moods.’
    • ‘The golden measure of poetry does not yet exist, only the rhythm of the maracas, the exact sound of the kettledrum.’
    metre, cadence, rhythm, foot
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    1. 4.1 A particular metrical unit or group.
      ‘measures of two or three syllables are more frequent in English prose’
    2. 4.2North American Any of the sections, typically of equal time value, into which a musical composition is divided, shown on a score by vertical lines across the staff; bar.
      • ‘I can't think of too many recitals where you'd hire two extra singers for a few measures of music.’
      • ‘At his first rehearsal with us he conducted about two measures and then put his baton down.’
      • ‘The second movement is morbidly dreamy, and its final measures have never sounded so beautiful!’
      • ‘I heard the first few measures of Mozart's third violin concerto in my head set to the rhythm of the crude chant.’
      • ‘The first sixteen measures end with an arpeggiated cadence in piano two.’
      • ‘The final presto measures will leave you breathless.’
      • ‘Medtner's concerto storms right from the opening measures and sings heroically throughout.’
      • ‘At measure 31, a cadenza is marked in the flute parts; however, it is not noted in the piano part or the original score.’
      • ‘We sense the tragedy of the poetic ballad and the noble lineage of its characters in the very opening measures of the musical rendering.’
      • ‘Fingering is given where hand position shifts are required, on chromatic lines and on first beats of measures where a new phrase begins.’
      • ‘The first few measures of music drifted easily through the air, reaching Jynx's ears and beckoning her to find its source.’
      • ‘At a signal, they stop for six measures but continue to count silently with no physical movement.’
      • ‘In measures 68 and 69, an A-major chord, the dominant of the key, is sounded, signaling the end of the piece.’
      • ‘Play the last four notes of each measure staccato, or make a crescendo into the next measure.’
      • ‘There are rarely more than four measures of music without a voice-over.’
      • ‘The first four measures sound practiced and include accurate articulation, steady rhythm and even a dynamic shade or two.’
      • ‘Students coordinate some measures naturally, while stumbling through other more difficult measures.’
      • ‘This practice technique establishes the student's security in starting a work on downbeats of measures.’
      • ‘On the second, they were shown the first two measures of each piece and then asked to play as much as they could remember (cued recall).’
      • ‘Could the French horn line be omitted for a few measures without disturbing the score's overall harmony and rhythmic flow?’
      • ‘His playing is so awful in these few measures, which form the very heart of the piece, as to create a metaphor for his performance of the entire work.’
    3. 4.3archaic A dance, typically one that is grave or stately.
      ‘now tread we a measure!’
      • ‘The birds twitter, the horn calls back, the mountain folk dance a droll measure, and all's right with the Alpine world.’
      • ‘Ben watched with amazement that turned to pride as Hoss delicately guided Alberta Evans into the first few measures of the dance.’
      • ‘Ian laughed lightly and then swept her into the first measure of the dance.’
      dance, step, caper, hop
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  • 5measureswith modifier A group of rock strata.


  • beyond measure

    • To a very great extent.

      ‘it irritates him beyond measure’
      • ‘They are known to be valiant and brave beyond measure.’
      • ‘The idea that she might kill him terrified him beyond measure.’
      • ‘He had been rich beyond measure, and suddenly he was poor.’
      • ‘She padded her brow and face several times with the sleeve of her robe, and looked fatigued beyond measure.’
      • ‘It was perverse beyond measure, but it was not selfish.’
      • ‘Relieved beyond measure, he downed the pill gratefully.’
      • ‘The previous night had rendered me absolutely useless, as I had stayed up all night working on the next-to-last chapter of my book, and was exhausted beyond measure.’
      • ‘She had always had a love for beautiful things, and these were beautiful beyond measure.’
      • ‘He nodded understandingly, but I knew he was puzzled beyond measure.’
      • ‘Rachel pressed her lips together, confused beyond measure as to whether she wanted him to go or stay.’
      immensely, extremely, vastly, greatly, excessively, immeasurably, incalculably, infinitely, limitlessly, boundlessly, inexhaustibly
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  • for good measure

    • In addition to what has already been done, said, or given.

      ‘he added a couple of chili peppers for good measure’
      • ‘I crossed my fingers underneath the table, and my legs too for good measure.’
      • ‘All the major hits are here with a couple of new tracks thrown in for good measure.’
      • ‘He didn't let the weakness last long; he shoved me again for good measure.’
      • ‘A cash bonus of £25 is being offered to those who open an account online and free annual travel insurance is thrown in for good measure.’
      • ‘Could I have a copy of your report just for good measure?’
      • ‘Some have even thrown insurance into the mix for good measure.’
      • ‘I scrawled the word on the board and underlined it twice for good measure.’
      • ‘He had on his hunting clothes but he added a cloak for good measure.’
      • ‘Haley rolls her eyes and splashes him one more time for good measure.’
      • ‘There's even some romance thrown in for good measure.’
      as a bonus, as an extra, into the bargain, to boot, in addition, besides, as well
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  • in — measure

    • To the degree specified.

      ‘his rapid promotion was due in some measure to his friendship with the CEO’
      • ‘Somehow, it manages to move me and make me laugh in equal measure.’
      • ‘As a result of this diligence, I have received commendation and commiseration in equal measure from both the paid and the voluntary participants.’
      • ‘And it's sweet and it's sad and it's funny in equal measure.’
      • ‘Who had pleased and disappointed her in equal measure?’
      • ‘It's badly acted, badly staged and badly directed, all in equal measure.’
      • ‘Hilarious and heartbreaking in equal measure, there isn't a dull moment in this set of episodes.’
      • ‘Admiration and irritation are often expressed in equal measure.’
      • ‘I believe there is, and often in no small measure!’
      • ‘This is in large measure due to the feeling that the rules of behaviour in international affairs are in the process of being re-written.’
      • ‘His risk-taking designs are loved - and loathed - by critics and customers in equal measure.’
  • measure one's words

    • Consider (one's words or actions) carefully.

      ‘I had better measure my words so as not to embarrass anyone’
      • ‘He pauses again, measuring his words, trying to find the ones that fit.’
      • ‘No longer, then, do we call upon the great books or teachings of western culture to measure our words or gauge our actions.’
      • ‘He knew he'd need to take care to measure his words with this man.’
      • ‘Today I shall try to measure my words very carefully.’
      • ‘He measured his words, trying to control his anger.’
      • ‘‘You have been very,’ Kale paused, measuring his words.’
      • ‘What a difference it would make if we measured our words more carefully.’
      • ‘‘I have tickets to the new musical at the Melbourne Theater, unless you don't like musicals,’ Darla babbled, trying to measure her words.’
      • ‘He measures his words carefully as he turns the hide over in his hands.’
      • ‘Shara saw Deidre looking at her strangely, as if measuring her words for duplicity.’
  • take (or get or have) the measure of

    • Assess or have assessed the character, nature, or abilities of (someone or something)

      ‘he's got her measure—she won't fool him’
      • ‘In that single glance, his eyes took the measure of my soul.’
      • ‘In these you take the measure of his enormous talent as a draftsman and colorist.’
      • ‘Doing so would make it easier to find the criminals and to take the measure of any systemic threats.’
      • ‘Anderson seems to have the measure of the lobbyists.’
      • ‘They found this a useful way to get the measure of their visitors before actually meeting them; now more than ever, it was proving useful.’
      • ‘One way of getting the measure of any designer is to contrast them with their contemporaries.’
      • ‘I believe it's because we never got the measure of the man.’
      • ‘Just when you think you have the measure of the plot, it leaps away from you.’
      • ‘We spend a lot of time evaluating and taking the measure of markets.’
      • ‘Until we can break through that, we can't take the measure of what is really representative.’
      evaluate, assess, gauge, judge, weigh up
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Middle English (as a noun in the senses ‘moderation’, ‘instrument for measuring’, ‘unit of capacity’): from Old French mesure, from Latin mensura, from mens- ‘measured’, from the verb metiri.