measures collocations

measures collocations


adopt measures

The government needs to adopt all necessary measures to stop the influx of asylum seekers.

take measures

Immediate measures need to be taken to protect the thousands of historic buildings under threat of demolition.

introduce measures

New measures are being introduced to try and ease traffic congestion in Birmingham city centre.

consider measures

The government is considered measures to restrict the sale of cigarettes to adults over 21.

announce measures

In his speech last night the Prime Minister announced new measures to combat organized crime.

need measures

Urgent measures are needed to contain the outbreak of the disease before it spreads.

oppose measures

I voted against because I oppose these measures on principle. I don’t think anybody should be made to work on a Sunday if they don’t want to.

unpopular measures

At times of high inflation, unpopular measures are sometimes necessary to get the economy back on an even keel. Such measures generally lose the government votes.

temporary measures

When the rain started, I had to cover the roof with a plastic sheet as a temporary measure until we got the roofers to come and fix the leak.

safety measures

One main drawback of improved safety measures in cars is that they can encourage some people to think they are safe, so they drive faster.

security measures

The introduction of identity cards is just one of the new security measures our company has taken this year.

desperate measures

His financial difficulties have forced him to take some really desperate measures. He’s had to sell his house and car to pay off his debts.

preventative measures

Floods will become an increasing problem in this area unless preventative measures are taken now.

precautionary measures

During yesterday’s protest march through the streets of Paris. Police in riot gear were present as a precautionary measure.

half measures

Half measures never work. You’ve got to do things properly or not at all.

measures to prevent

Tougher measure are needed to prevent drugs being smuggled into prison.

measures to save

Stringent measures have been introduced in our office to save on electricity and heating costs.

measures to control

The government have taken drastic measures to control public spending.



  • Note the expression describing the effects of measures:

Measures to reduce costs are beginning to take effect.

The measures will affect the entire population.

  • Note the expressions which describe the purpose of measures:

These new measures are designed to close / are intended to close / are aimed at closing the gap between the rich and the poor.

  • Note the difference between safety measures and security measures:

These new safety measures mean that more people will survive road traffic accident.

The latest security measures at Heathrow are due to a new bomb scare.

  • A measure can also be an amount of liquid:

James’s measures are on the generous side!



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