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English noun: measure

1. measure (act) any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal

SamplesThe situation called for strong measures.
The police took steps to reduce crime.


Broader (hypernym)maneuver, manoeuvre, tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvre

Narrower (hyponym)countermeasure, guard, porcupine provision, precaution, safeguard, shark repellent

2. measure how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify

Synonymsamount, quantity

Broader (hypernym)abstract entity, abstraction

Narrower (hyponym)chance, cordage, definite quantity, economic value, fundamental measure, fundamental quantity, indefinite quantity, interval, magnetisation, magnetization, metric, octane number, octane rating, period of play, play, playing period, point, point in time, probability, proof, quantum, radical, relative quantity, system of measurement, time interval, time unit, unit of time, value, volume, volume

Attributenonstandard, standard

3. measure (communication) a statute in draft before it becomes law

SamplesThey held a public hearing on the bill.


Broader (hypernym)instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document

Narrower (hyponym)appropriation bill, bill of attainder, bottle bill, farm bill, trade bill

Part holonymrider

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

4. measure (act) the act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule

SamplesThe measurements were carefully done.
His mental measurings proved remarkably accurate.

Synonymsmeasurement, measuring, mensuration

Broader (hypernym)activity

Narrower (hyponym)actinometry, algometry, anemography, anemometry, angulation, anthropometry, arterial blood gases, audiometry, bathymetry, calorimetry, cephalometry, densitometry, dosimetry, fetometry, foetometry, gravimetry, hydrometry, hypsography, hypsometry, mental measurement, meter reading, micrometry, observation, pelvimetry, photometry, plumbing, quantification, quantitative analysis, quantitative chemical analysis, radioactive dating, reading, sampling, scaling, seismography, sound ranging, sounding, spirometry, surveying, telemetry, thermogravimetry, thermometry, tonometry, viscometry, viscosimetry

5. measure (communication) a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated

SamplesThe schools comply with federal standards.
They set the measure for all subsequent work.

Synonymscriterion, standard, touchstone

Broader (hypernym)metric, system of measurement

Narrower (hyponym)baseline, benchmark, earned run average, ERA, gauge, GPA, grade point average, graduated table, medium of exchange, monetary system, norm, ordered series, procrustean bed, procrustean rule, procrustean standard, scale, scale of measurement, standard of measurement, yardstick

6. measure (communication) (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse

Synonymsbeat, cadence, meter, metre

Broader (hypernym)poetic rhythm, prosody, rhythmic pattern

Narrower (hyponym)catalexis, common measure, common meter, foot, metrical foot, metrical unit, scansion

Domain categorymetrics, prosody

7. measure (communication) musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats

SamplesThe orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song.


Broader (hypernym)musical notation

8. measure (artifact) measuring instrument having a sequence of marks at regular intervals; used as a reference in making measurements

Synonymsmeasuring rod, measuring stick

Broader (hypernym)measuring device, measuring instrument, measuring system

Narrower (hyponym)board rule, rule, ruler, size stick

9. measure (artifact) a container of some standard capacity that is used to obtain fixed amounts of a substance

Broader (hypernym)container

Narrower (hyponym)measuring cup

English verb: measure

1. measure (cognition) determine the measurements of something or somebody, take measurements of

SamplesMeasure the length of the wall.

Synonymsmeasure out, mensurate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)decide, determine, make up one's mind

Narrower (hyponym)calibrate, caliper, calliper, shoot, triangulate

2. measure (change) express as a number or measure or quantity

SamplesCan you quantify your results?.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)carry, convey, express

Narrower (hyponym)clock, fathom, gauge, librate, meter, pace, plumb, scale, sound, step, time, titrate, weigh

3. measure (stative) have certain dimensions

SamplesThis table surfaces measures 20inches by 36 inches.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)endure, last, scale, stand, weigh

4. measure (cognition) evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of

SamplesI will have the family jewels appraised by a professional.
Access all the factors when taking a risk.

Synonymsappraise, assess, evaluate, valuate, value

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)evaluate, judge, pass judgment

Narrower (hyponym)censor, grade, mark, praise, rate, reassess, reevaluate, score, standardise, standardize, value

Verb groupassess

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