1 official action to deal with a problem
ADJ. appropriate, effective, necessary, practical We urge you to adopt all necessary measures to guarantee people's safety. | important, key, special | simple | desperate, draconian, drastic, extreme, harsh, radical, repressive, strong, tough | emergency, urgent | interim, short-term, temporary | defensive, precautionary, preventative | disciplinary, punitive | corrective, remedial | safety, security New security measures implemented to prevent further violence. | austerity, cost-cutting, economy, efficiency | economic, policy | government
QUANT. package, range, series a package of measures aimed at cutting pollution
VERB + MEASURE adopt, implement, impose, introduce, take Special measures are being taken to protect the local water supplies. | propose, suggest
MEASURE + VERB be aimed at sth, be designed to, be intended to
PREP. ~ against tougher measures against racism | ~ for measures for reducing delays
2 amount/quantity of sth
ADJ. broad, considerable, fair, generous, great, significant, substantial, wide
PREP. ~ of He poured me a generous measure of whisky.
PHRASES in large/some measure His success was due in large measure to your help. | in equal measure, in no small measure
3 unit of size/quantity
ADJ. accurate, direct, objective, precise
PREP. ~ of an accurate measure of length
PHRASES weights and measures
4 sign of sth
ADJ. crude, simple, true, useful
PREP. ~ of Landed income was the true measure of the gentry. > Note at MEASURE
1 find the size of sth
ADV. accurately, exactly, precisely | carefully | directly Any type of data that could not be directly measured was rejected. | easily | experimentally | up We need to measure the room up for a new carpet.
VERB + MEASURE be able to, can/cannot You can now measure its length more accurately. | be easy to, be possible to | be difficult to, be hard to, be impossible to
PREP. for She's being measured for her wedding outfit. | in Cloth is measured in metres.
2 judge the importance/value/effect of sth
ADV. easily The policy's impact cannot be easily measured. | effectively | objectively
VERB + MEASURE can/cannot | be easy to, be possible to | be difficult to, be hard to, be impossible to It is hard to measure the benefits to society of this scheme. | be used to the criteria that are used to measure performance
PREP. according to Is it really possible to measure the skills of such jobs according to objective standards? | against The school's performance is measured against a strict set of criteria. | by The policy's effectiveness cannot be measured by numbers alone. | in terms of Success cannot be measured merely in terms of the size of your salary.
PHRASES a method/way of measuring sth