measure up
intransitive verb Date: 1854 1. to have necessary or fitting qualifications — often used with to 2. to be the equal (as in ability) — used with to

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  • measure up — (to (someone/something)) to reach a standard that is as good as someone or something else. The math skills of the majority of children in this school measure up to the national standards. Usage notes: often used in a negative way: They didn t… …   New idioms dictionary

  • measure up — index qualify (meet standards) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • measure up — phrasal verb Word forms measure up : present tense I/you/we/they measure up he/she/it measures up present participle measuring up past tense measured up past participle measured up 1) [intransitive] to be good enough The machines are being… …   English dictionary

  • measure up — UK US measure up Phrasal Verb with measure({{}}/ˈmeʒər/ verb ► [I] to be good enough, or as good as someone or something else: »If new staff measure up after six months, they are offered a permanent contract. measure up to sth »Unfortunately, the …   Financial and business terms

  • measure up — v. (D; intr.) to measure up to (he didn t measure up to his opponent) * * * [ meʒə(r) ʌp] (D; intr.) to measure up to (he didn t measure up to his opponent) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • measure up — PHRASAL VERB: usu with brd neg If you do not measure up to a standard or to someone s expectations, you are not good enough to achieve the standard or fulfil the person s expectations. [V P to n] It was fatiguing sometimes to try to measure up to …   English dictionary

  • measure up — {v.} To be equal; be of fully high quality; come up. * /John didn t measure up to the best catchers but he was a good one./ * /Lois school work didn t measure up to her ability./ Compare up: TO PAR. Contrast: FALL SHORT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • measure up — {v.} To be equal; be of fully high quality; come up. * /John didn t measure up to the best catchers but he was a good one./ * /Lois school work didn t measure up to her ability./ Compare up: TO PAR. Contrast: FALL SHORT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • measure\ up — v To be equal; be of fully high quality; come up. John didn t measure up to the best catchers but he was a good one. Lois school work didn t measure up to her ability. Compare: up to par Contrast: fall short …   Словарь американских идиом

  • ˌmeasure ˈup — phrasal verb to be good enough The machines that we tested didn t measure up.[/ex] Will he measure up to the challenges that lie ahead of him?[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • measure up — he was cut from the Corps because he just couldn t measure up Syn: pass muster, match up, come up to standard, fit/fill the bill, be acceptable; informal come up to scratch, make the grade, cut the mustard, be up to snuff …   Thesaurus of popular words

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