Idioms

Origin of measure

1250–1300; Middle English mesure, from Middle French, from Latin mēnsūra, equivalent to mēns(us), past participle of mētīrī “to measure, mete” + -ūra -ure
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British Dictionary definitions for measure up (1 of 2)

measure up


verb

(adverb) to determine the size of (something) by measurement
measure up to to fulfil (expectations, standards, etc)

British Dictionary definitions for measure up (2 of 2)

measure

/ (ˈmɛʒə) /

noun

verb

Derived Formsmeasurer, noun

Word Origin for measure

C13: from Old French, from Latin mēnsūra measure, from mēnsus, past participle of mētīrī to measure
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Medicine definitions for measure up

measure

[ mĕzhər ]

n.

v.

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Idioms and Phrases with measure up (1 of 2)

measure up


1

Be the equal of, as in Is he a good enough actor to measure up to the other members of the cast? [Early 1900s]

2

Have the qualifications for, be of high enough quality for, as in His latest book hasn't measured up to the reviewers' expectations. [First half of 1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with measure up (2 of 2)

measure


In addition to the idiom beginning with measure

  • measure up

also see:

  • beyond measure
  • for good measure
  • in some measure
  • made to measure
  • take someone's measure
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