# measure-v; 5 Senses

### Sense Number 1: discover the size, amount, or measurement of something

Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP1[agent] MEASURE NP2[patient] NP1[instrument] MEASURE NP2[patient] Includes: MEASURE OUT
NOTE: Mentions or implies a measurement scale.

Examples:
They are measuring mercury levels in the water.
Is it possible to measure the energy of a single electron?
Mary will be measured for her wedding gown next week. (her dimensions)
We need to measure out the size of the cabinets.
Bill measured out vitamin pills on the kitchen counter.
A panel of 5 independent judges will measure each performance on a scale of 1 to 10.
A new community index measures Chicago neighborhoods' 'potential.'

Mappings:
VerbNet: register-54.1-1
FrameNet: Dimension
PropBank: measure.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
measure_out 1

### Sense Number 2: judge the quality, effect, importance, or value of something

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent[animate]] MEASURE NP2[patient]
NOTE: focus is more on qualitative attributes, rather than quantitative (sense 1); no measurement scale is used.

Examples:
He always measured himself against his older brother.
They will be measured by their ability to lead others.
They are trying to measure what the public's reaction will be to this new bill.
Their teacher said that a person should be measured by deed not by word.
There is no way of measuring the damage done to morale.

Mappings:
VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: measure.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

### Sense Number 3: to be of a particular size; have certain dimensions

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[topic] MEASURE[intransitive] NP2[attribute]
NOTE: Sense 1 implies discovery of a measurement. Sense 3 is a simple statement of a measurement.

Examples:
This room measures twelve feet by fourteen feet.
The little girl measured only to her father's waist.
That redwood measures six feet around at the base.

Mappings:
VerbNet: register-54.1-1
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: measure.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

### Sense Number 4: choose or control with restraint

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent[animate]] MEASURE NP2[patient[abstract]]
NOTE: Implies measuring one's own behavior, not that of another. Watch out for adjectival uses of the past participle (e.g., 'His response was measured.')

Examples:
He should measure his conduct in that environment.
The president measured his words carefully as he announced the coming layoffs.

Mappings:
VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: measure.01

### Sense Number 5: qualify, meet requirements

Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP1[topic] MEASURE UP PP[goal] NP1[topic] MEASURE UP ADVP[manner] Is: MEASURE UP

Examples:
The students at that university don't measure up to the ones here.
Pete could never measure up to his parents' expectations for him.
Their push into new retail market segments hasn't measured up as planned.

Mappings:
VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: Evaluative_comparison
PropBank: NM
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
measure_up 1