Definition of measured in English:



  • 1Having a slow, regular rhythm.

    ‘he walks with confident, measured steps’
    • ‘The Spanish boy had already begun to pace, moving to circle about her with slow, measured sidesteps.’
    • ‘Occasionally, a small shudder reverberated through her frame, almost as unnoticeable as her father's slow, measured breathing.’
    • ‘The measured rhythm of their hoofs gave point to her words.’
    • ‘Her slow, measured movements of bending, dipping in to the buckets and straightening up, moving each time to the very edge of the ledge had a deeply meditative effect.’
    • ‘He took slow, measured steps as if it was all a part of a master plan, but he was shaking inwardly.’
    • ‘Hackles rising straight from his neck, his eyes bugged distressingly as he tracked Samantha's measured pace from the back of the chamber to the chair beside the bench.’
    • ‘He just showed the slides, two by two, with a measured pace and a few syncopated pauses precisely where one needed time.’
    • ‘We generally move in careful increments at a measured pace.’
    • ‘With the measured steps of a predator, Jason entered.’
    • ‘As she stepped out lightly to the beat in measured, graceful ballet steps, she saw her parents smiling proudly at her from the front row.’
    • ‘Jacob walked in measured steps across the floor to the throne.’
    • ‘She moved past Kevin and walked with a slow, measured pace down the hill.’
    • ‘Walking with measured steps she knelt down at the corner of the cave.’
    • ‘Attracted by the smooth flow and formal consistency of Arabic metrical verse, Hebrew poets adopted its rhythmical patterns, and some tunes also acquired measured rhythms.’
    • ‘He walked with a slow, measured pace towards Brandon and growled slightly.’
    • ‘The girl stopped to listen and, when no sound met her ears, chose a direction at random and began to take slow, measured steps.’
    • ‘Red mounted the steps of Claw's headquarters with measured tread, the chill of the night air leaving him.’
    • ‘With finality Skye stopped walking, the measured beat of her steps coming to an abrupt end.’
    • ‘Nitrus, complying, took slow, measured steps as if it was all a part of a master plan, yet he was shaking inwardly.’
    • ‘He approached Drake, Quin, and Dale with slow, measured steps.’
    regular, steady, even, uniform, rhythmic, rhythmical, unfaltering, constant, sustained, slow, dignified, resolute, stately, sedate, leisurely, unhurried, firm, deliberate, ponderous
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    1. 1.1 (of speech or writing) carefully considered; deliberate and restrained.
      ‘his measured prose’
      • ‘But it succeeded, unlike so many others, because of careful planning and a measured approach.’
      • ‘There is an unfailing meticulousness, consistency of approach, measured critique, and a no-nonsense tone to his prose.’
      • ‘This dignified and measured document does that with overwhelming conviction.’
      • ‘We will not hesitate to take on tough, escalating issues, but we will do so in a measured, thoughtful fashion.’
      • ‘McGrath talks about his history in contemplative and carefully measured tones.’
      • ‘He was the same old Riley, with the tender brown eyes and the soft and measured voice, impeccable dress, and perfect hair.’
      • ‘But the practicalities of measured judgement and well-timed decisions and deals can, they argue, be learnt and well cultivated.’
      • ‘Kirkland's measured arguments, and his sense of fair play, commanded respect in both union halls and the halls of power in Washington.’
      • ‘When she finally answered, it was in a slow and measured tone.’
      • ‘His measured and dignified prose is cool, lucid, and enlivened by ironic wit.’
      • ‘The older man nods, as always the picture of measured consideration.’
      • ‘When he spoke his words were measured and careful, but they were growled at her.’
      • ‘Her writing and performance are as measured and thoughtful as they are snortingly funny.’
      • ‘His writing is clear, measured and precise.’
      • ‘While it's no surprise that this script is based on Nelson's own play, given the perfectly measured arguments, the film is never short on cinematic virtues.’
      • ‘‘We have a measured execution plan from a cost point of view,’ Crowley said.’
      • ‘Personally I think not, as I have always tried to speak in a measured and considered manner, and nobody has called me stupid yet.’
      • ‘It's a measured and thoughtful film from a director usually defined by his acts of excess.’
      • ‘When he talks, it is with quiet, carefully measured sentences.’
      • ‘This achievement is the fruit of a decade of collective measured thought and painstaking preparation before construction began in 2001.’
      guarded, studied, thoughtful, careful, carefully chosen, selected with care, well thought out, calculated, planned, considered, judicious, restrained, deliberate, reasoned
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