gauge

gauge
I. gauge gauge 1 [geɪdʒ] verb [transitive]
1. to measure how people feel about something or the effect that something is likely to have on them:

• The magazine commissioned research to gauge opinions on how British industry is meeting its environmental responsibilities.

• extensive testing to gauge consumer reactions

2. to calculate what is likely to happen in the future, using a particular method or set of figures:

• US retail sales will help gauge how the economy is faring.

• The building society hopes to gauge the likely demand for each property before the auction starts.

  [m0] II. gauge gauge 2 noun [countable]
1. a measurement of how people feel about something or the effect that something is likely to have on them:

• The survey is an important gauge of attitudes and aspirations among college freshmen.

2. ECONOMICS a method or set of figures that helps to calculate what is likely to happen in the future:

• The government's economic forecasting gauge rose for the fifth month in a row.

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gauge UK US /geɪdʒ/ verb [T]
to make a judgment about something: »

What's the best way to gauge real levels of tax evasion?

gauge what/who/how sth »

It's not difficult to gauge how the markets will react to the latest fall in interest rates.

to calculate an amount, especially by using a measuring device
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gauge UK US /geɪdʒ/ noun [C]
a way of measuring or understanding something, for example, people's opinions or a level of something: a gauge of sth »

Productivity is an important gauge of economic performance.

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It's not easy to get any kind of accurate gauge of what young people think about this.

a method, set of calculations, etc. used to try to predict what will happen in the future: »

According to the government's economic forecasting gauge, inflation will fall by another 1% next year.

a piece of equipment for measuring the amount or size of something: »

a fuel gauge


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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