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noun mea·sure \ˈme-zhər, ˈmā-\

: an amount or degree of something

: something (such as a cup or a ruler) that is used to measure things

: a unit used in measuring something


1a (1) : an adequate or due portion (2) : a moderate degree; also : moderation, temperance (3) : a fixed or suitable limit : bounds <rich beyond measure>

b : the dimensions, capacity, or amount of something ascertained bymeasuring

c : an estimate of what is to be expected (as of a person or situation)

d (1) : a measured quantity (2) : amount, degree

2a : an instrument or utensil for measuring

b (1) : a standard or unit of measurement — see weight table (2) : a system of standard units of measure <metric measure>

3: the act or process of measuring

4a (1) : melody, tune (2) : dance; especially : a slow and stately dance

b : rhythmic structure or movement : cadence: as (1) : poetic rhythm measured by temporal quantity or accent; specifically : meter (2) : musical time

c (1) : a grouping of a specified number of musical beats located between two consecutive vertical lines on a staff (2) : a metrical unit : foot

5: an exact divisor of a number

6: a basis or standard of comparison <wealth is not a measure of happiness>

7: a step planned or taken as a means to an end; specifically : a proposed legislative act

for good measure

: in addition to the minimum required : as an extra

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  1. She felt equal measures of hope and fear.
  2. Their actions were motivated in large measure by a desire for revenge.
  3. An occasion like this calls for some measure of decorum.
  4. The meter is a measure of length.
  5. The dictionary includes a table of weights and measures.
  6. The legislature has passed a measure aimed at protecting consumers.
  7. The governor has proposed a number of cost-cutting measures.
  8. They were forced to resort to desperate measures.
  9. We need to take measures to protect ourselves.
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