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measure

noun

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1 an action planned or taken to achieve a desired result
  • such new security measures as metal detectors at all the entrances

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2 a given or particular mass or aggregate of matter
  • each day prisoners were given only a small measure of rice to live on

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3 something set up as an example against which others of the same type are compared
  • during the Renaissance, man came to be viewed as the measure of all things

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4 the recurrent pattern formed by a series of sounds having a regular rise and fall in intensity
  • the song's soft, soothing measures make it a good lullaby

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5 the total amount of measurable space or surface occupied by something
  • a slipcover for the couch that was made to measure

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measure

verb

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1 to find out the size, extent, or amount of
  • for this experiment, you need to carefully measure all the chemicals before you mix them together

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2 to keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level (as of expression)
  • he carefully measured his response to the provocative question

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The first known use of measure was in the 13th century

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“Measure.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/measure. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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