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  ( gauges    plural & 3rd person present)   ( gauging    present participle)   ( gauged    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you gauge the speed or strength of something, or if you gauge an amount, you measure or calculate it, often by using a device of some kind.  
He gauged the wind at over thirty knots...      V n  
Distance is gauged by journey time rather than miles.      V n  
2       n-count   A gauge is a device that measures the amount or quantity of something and shows the amount measured.  
oft n N  
...temperature gauges., ...pressure gauges.     
3       verb   If you gauge people's actions, feelings, or intentions in a particular situation, you carefully consider and judge them.   (=assess) he gauged possible enemy moves and his own responses...      V n  
4       n-sing   A gaugeof someone's feelings or a situation is a fact or event that can be used to judge them.  
usu N of n   (=measure)  
The index is the government's chief gauge of future economic activity.     
5       n-count   A gauge is the distance between the two rails on a railway line.  
usu n N  
...a narrow gauge railway.     
6       n-count   A gauge is the thickness of something, especially metal or wire.  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    ascertain, calculate, check, compute, count, determine, measure, weigh  
2    adjudge, appraise, assess, estimate, evaluate, guess, judge, rate, reckon, value  
3    basis, criterion, example, exemplar, guide, guideline, indicator, measure, meter, model, par, pattern, rule, sample, standard, test, touchstone, yardstick  
4    bore, capacity, degree, depth, extent, height, magnitude, measure, scope, size, span, thickness, width  

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gauze, gag, gouge, gunge

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