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gauge (gage)

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transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: gauges, gages, gauging, gaging, gauged, gaged
definition 1: to make an estimate of or a judgment concerning; judge.
The speaker incorrectly gauged the reactions of his audience.It is impossible to gauge the size of an iceberg by looking at the part that is above water.The engineers gauged the bridge to be safe.[verb + smby/smth + to be + noun/adj ]
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appraise, calculate, evaluate, judge, reckon
definition 2: to measure exactly the size, amount, or contents of.
This instrument is used to gauge the speed of the rotation.
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an accepted scale for measuring.
definition 2: a device used to make a measurement.
a pressure gauge
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definition 3: a procedure or criterion for making a judgment.
a gauge of ability
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definition 4: the size, range, or extent of something.
definition 5: a standard of measuring, as for the distance between railroad tracks, the thickness of wire, or the inner diameter of shotgun barrels.
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derivation: gaugeable (adj.)
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  measure, measurement, tool