[ mezh-erd ]
/ ˈmɛʒ ərd /


ascertained or apportioned by measure: The race was over the course of a measured mile.
accurately regulated or proportioned.
regular or uniform, as in movement; rhythmical: to walk with measured strides.
deliberate and restrained; careful; carefully weighed or considered: measured language; measured terms.
in the form of meter or verse; metrical.

Nearby words

  1. measure of central tendency,
  2. measure off,
  3. measure out,
  4. measure up,
  5. measure zero,
  6. measured daywork,
  7. measuredly,
  8. measureless,
  9. measurelessly,
  10. measurement

Origin of measured

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at measure, -ed2

Related formsmeas·ured·ly, adverbmeas·ured·ness, nounwell-meas·ured, adjective

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

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for measured


/ (ˈmɛʒəd) /


determined by measurement
slow, stately, or leisurely
carefully considered; deliberate
Derived Formsmeasuredly, adverbmeasuredness, noun


/ (ˈmɛʒə) /



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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Word Origin and History for measured
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Medicine definitions for measured


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Idioms and Phrases with measured


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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