measure up to something


measure up to something
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 measure up so I couldn't hire them.

Too often computer software fails to measure up to expectations.

The comparison is usually w/sth, only rarely with sb--SL, 12/02

New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • measure up to something — ˌmeasure ˈup (to sth/sb) derived (usually used in negative sentences and questions) to be as good, successful, etc. as expected or needed Syn: ↑match up • Last year s intake just didn t measure up. • The job …   Useful english dictionary

  • measure somebody against something — ˈmeasure sb/sth against sb/sth derived to compare sb/sth with sb/sth • The figures are not very good when measured against those of our competitors. • a series of tasks that measure candidates against each other Main entry: ↑measurederived …   Useful english dictionary

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  • measure */*/*/ — I UK [ˈmeʒə(r)] / US [ˈmeʒər] noun [countable] Word forms measure : singular measure plural measures 1) an action that is intended to achieve or deal with something This is a temporary measure to stop the problem from getting any worse. take… …   English dictionary

  • measure out — verb determine the measurements of something or somebody, take measurements of Measure the length of the wall • Syn: ↑measure, ↑mensurate • Derivationally related forms: ↑mensuration (for: ↑mensurate), ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • measure of value — In the ordinary sense of the word, measure would mean something by comparison with which we may ascertain what is the value of anything. When we consider, further, that value itself is relative, and that two things are necessary to constitute it …   Black's law dictionary

  • measure of value — In the ordinary sense of the word, measure would mean something by comparison with which we may ascertain what is the value of anything. When we consider, further, that value itself is relative, and that two things are necessary to constitute it …   Black's law dictionary

  • measure off — ˌmeasure ˈoff [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they measure off he/she/it measures off present participle measuring off past tense …   Useful english dictionary

  • measure something against something — measure/judge/etc someone/​something against someone/​something phrase to compare someone or something with someone or something else We measure our achievements against the highest standards. Thesaurus: to compare or connect thingssynonym… …   Useful english dictionary

  • measure — [mezh′ər] n. [ME mesure < OFr < L mensura < mensus, pp. of metiri, to measure < IE base * mē , to measure > MEAL1, Sans mātrā, a measure, Gr metron] 1. the extent, dimensions, capacity, etc. of anything, esp. as determined by a… …   English World dictionary


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