mea·​sured ˈme-zhərd How to pronounce measured (audio)
: marked by due proportion
: marked by rhythm : regularly recurrent
a measured gait
: deliberate, calculated
a measured response
measuredly adverb

Examples of measured in a Sentence

This crisis requires a measured response. She spoke in carefully measured tones.
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Word History


Middle English mesured, from past participle of mesuren "to measure entry 2"

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of measured was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Measured.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: regulated or determined by a standard
: marked by rhythm : even
walk with measured steps
: deliberate entry 2 sense 1, calculated
speak with measured rudeness

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