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measure
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measure(
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zhuhr
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (unit of measurement)
a. la medida
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Paco's studying weights and measures at school.Paco está estudiando los pesos y las medidas en la escuela.
2. (system of measurement)
a. la medida
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Liters and gallons are liquid measures.Los litros y los galones son medidas líquidas.
3. (measuring device)
a. el metro
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We need to bring the measure when we go to the furniture store.Hay que llevar el metro cuando vamos a la mueblería.
4. (amount)
a. la cantidad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Put equal measures of flour and sugar into a bowl.Poner cantidades iguales de harina y azúcar en un bol.
b. la medida
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The waiter poured a measure of brandy into the glass.El camarero vertió una medida de brandy en la copa.
5. (step)
a. la medida
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The government had to take additional measures to reduce public debt.El gobierno tuvo que tomar medidas adicionales para reducir la deuda pública.
6. (indication)
a. el indicador
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Electoral participation can act as a measure of how much faith people have in the democratic system.La participación electoral puede actuar como un indicador de la fe que tiene la gente en el sistema democrático.
7. (rhythmic structure)
a. el compás
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The measure of this song is typical of Egyptian music.El compás de esta canción es típica de la música egipcia.
b. la medida
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The measure of this poem makes me think of rain.La medida de este poema me hace pensar en la lluvia.
8. (bar of music)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el compás
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There are four beats to the measure.Hay cuatro tiempos en este compás.
9. (degree)
a. la medida
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I don't know to what measure the doctor will be able to help you.No sé en qué medida te podrá ayudar el doctor.
10. (legislative act)
a. la medida
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
One vote is needed in order to approve the measure.Falta un voto para aprobar la medida.
11. (limit)
a. el medida
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
If you keep buying without measure, you'll go bankrupt.Si sigues comprando sin medida, quedarás en bancarrota.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
12. (to calculate dimensions)
a. medir
We went to buy a new sofa but forgot to measure the old one before leaving home.Fuimos a comprar un sofá nuevo pero olvidamos medir el antiguo antes de salir de casa.
b. tomar las medidas a
When would it suit the bride to come here to be measured?¿Cuándo le iría bien a la novia venir aquí para que le tomemos las medidas?
13. (to assess)
a. evaluar
We need to find a way to measure progress.Hay que encontrar una manera de evaluar el progreso.
14. (to compare)
a. comparar
Of course he'll be measured against his predecessors.Claro que se lo comparará con sus predecesores.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
15. (to calculate dimensions)
a. medir
The wall measures over 16 feet.La pared mide más de 5 metros.
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measure
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (measurement, quantity)
a. la medida
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
2. (means of estimating)
a. el indicador m, índice
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
this was a measure of how serious the situation wasesto era una muestra or un indicador de la gravedad de la situación
a measure of…cierto grado de…
there was a measure of bravado in his wordshabía cierta fanfarronería en sus palabras
to get the measure of somebodytomar la medida a alguien
for good measurepor añadidura
for good measure, he called me a liarno contento con ello, me llamó or
3. (degree)
a.
in some measureen cierta medida, hasta cierto punto
beyond measureincreíblemente
she has tried my patience beyond measureya ha acabado con mi paciencia
4. (action, step)
a. la medida
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
to take measurestomar medidas
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measure [ˈmeʒəʳ]
noun
1 (system) medida (f)
liquid/dry measure medida para líquidos/áridos
the metric system of weights and measures
a suit made to measure un traje hecho a (la) medida
to get take the measure of sth/sb the two men took the measure of each other has he taken the measure of us and concluded that we are not willing to risk a life? Sam, the boy naturalist, takes the measure of the world around him in a cheap
beyond measure
our knowledge has increased beyond measure nuestros conocimientos han aumentado enormemente or de manera inconmensurable; he irritated her beyond measure la irritaba hasta más no poder
her happiness was beyond measure mankind's knowledge of the universe has increased beyond measure
to have the measure of sb tener a algn calado (informal)
I think we have his measure now
the government had failed to get the measure of the crisis el gobierno no había apreciado la magnitud de la crisis
Lili was the only person I knew who had the measure of her brother
2 (measuring device) (rule) metro (m); (glass) probeta (f) graduada
3 (indication) indicativo (m)
it is a measure of how serious the situation is es un indicativo de lo grave de la situación
the true measure of their success will be the number of people cured this exam is just a measure of how you're getting on he got out his measure and started work she poured the liquid into the measure it is a measure of their plight that few of them have anywhere to go that these questions can be asked is in itself a measure of how far we have come
4 (amount measured) cantidad (f)
I poured two equal measures into the glasses eché dos cantidades iguales en los vasos
in [full] measure the President returned their loyalty in [full] measure qualities which you will need in full measure if you are to succeed they lived up in full measure to their promise socialism must show in full measure the dynamism of its political and economic system
to give (sb) good or full measure dar la medida exacta (a algn); to give (sb) short measure dar una medida escasa (a algn)
when I got the tomatoes home I discovered that the greengrocer had given me short measure I always go to the corner shop - they give you good measure for [good] measure
for good measure
he gave me a few extra for good measure me dio unos pocos más por añadidura; I repeated my question for good measure repetí la pregunta por si acaso
for good measure, a few hotel details were included a tour of the city with a complimentary meal thrown in for good measure
5 (step) medida (f)
strict security measures are in force he decided that more drastic measures were necessary as a precautionary measure it's the best preventive measure against colds she was offered a place in a Homeless Unit as an emergecny measure the measure passed on a vote of 300 to 113 markets were not cheered by enactment of an emergency measure that continues spending at present levels
to take measures against sb tomar medidas contra algn
he said stern measures would be taken against looters he is authorized to take whatever measures he sees fit will you be taking any measures against him? they took adequate preventive measures against such an event Baghdad will take retaliatory measures against British diplomats in Iraq he's taking drastic new measures against leftist rebels
to take measures to do sth tomar medidas para hacer algo; they took no measures to avoid the disaster no tomaron ninguna medida para evitar el desastre
they have taken measures to contain the spread of the disease the government warned that police would take tougher measures to contain the trouble
6 (extent)
we had some measure of success tuvimos cierto éxito; it gives a measure of protection da cierta protección
they must take some measure of responsibility with some measure of success the colonies were claiming a larger measure of self-government I've always taken a measure of pride in my pies the book entertains and frustrates in [equal] measure
in large measure en gran parte or medida
in Britain we have so far escaped, in large measure, either of these afflictions we have to rely in large measure on what people tell us
this is due in no small measure to the problems we have had esto se debe en gran parte or medida a los problemas que hemos tenido; in some measure hasta cierto punto; en cierta medida
power is, in some measure, an act of will
7 [of spirits] cantidad (f); (sold in pub) medida (f)
a pub measure of spirits he poured himself another generous measure of malt pub measures are not very generous
8 (Mús) (beat) ritmo (m)
they paced to the slow measure of the funeral march
(bar) compás (m)
in the fourth measure on page 12 other sedimentary rocks, including coal measures and oil bearing strata further inland are the coal measures, where the ravages of deep mining can be seen
transitive verb
1 [+object, speed, length, width, height] medir; [+person] (for height) medir; (for clothes) tomar las medidas a
to measure the height of sth medir la altura de algo; I have to be measured for my costume me tienen que tomar las medidas para el traje; how can you measure success? ¿cómo puedes medir el éxito?
to be measured for a dress he measured the speed at which ultrasonic waves travel along the bone measure the length and width of the gap measure your child regularly to see that their height is increasing normally stand still while I measure you in this exercise we measure performance a grammar school's success was measured in terms of the number of pupils who got into university it was difficult to measure the precise impact of the labor action
to measure one's length (on the floor/ground) caerse todo lo largo que se es (al suelo)
he'd tried it once and nearly blacked out, measured his length he rushed to get back to his office, but measured his length in the passage before he could do so to measure one's words
2 (compare)
to measure sth/sb against sth/sb comparar algo/a algn con algo/algn; I don't like being measured against other people no me gusta que se me compare con otra gente; the competition will be a chance for him to measure himself against the best la competición será una ocasión para medirse con los mejores
to measure one's strength against sb I measured his progress against the charts in the office
intransitive verb
medir
what does it measure? ¿cuánto mide?; the room measures four metres across la habitación mide cuatro metros de ancho
it measures 3 metres by 2 metres the house measures six metres in width this hand-decorated plate measures 30cm across
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