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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.


Synonymsstep


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.


Synonymsbill


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.


Synonymsbar


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?.


Synonymsquantify


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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