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as in amount
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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as in criterion
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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as in rhythm
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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“Measure.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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