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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 take someone's measure

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 take someone's measure

measure

[ mĕzhər ]

n.

v.

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Idioms and Phrases with take someone's measure (1 of 2)

take someone's measure


Also, take the measure of someone. Size someone up, evaluate someone or something, as in At their first meeting, heads of state generally try to take each other's measure, or The voters are taking the measure of the union's demands. [Mid-1600s]

Idioms and Phrases with take someone's measure (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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