- the music contained between two bar lines; bar.
- an air or melody.
- a slow, dignified dance.
verb (used with object), meas·ured, meas·ur·ing.
verb (used without object), meas·ured, meas·ur·ing.
- to reach a certain standard: The exhibition didn't measure up to last year's.
- to be capable or qualified: As an administrator, he couldn't quite measure up.
- to test one's preparedness for a contest or encounter.
- to battle with swords.
- to fight, compete, etc.: The producer of the poorly reviewed show decided to measure swords with the critics.
Origin of measure
British Dictionary definitions for measure up (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for measure up (2 of 2)
Derived Formsmeasurer, noun
Word Origin for measure
Medicine definitions for measure up
Idioms and Phrases with measure up (1 of 2)
Be the equal of, as in Is he a good enough actor to measure up to the other members of the cast? [Early 1900s]
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)
In addition to the idiom beginning with measure
- measure up
- beyond measure
- for good measure
- in some measure
- made to measure
- take someone's measure