enumerate

verb enu·mer·ate \ i-ˈn(y)ü-mə-ˌrāt \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of enumerate

enumerated; enumerating
transitive verb
1 :to ascertain the number of :count
2 :to specify one after another :list

enumeration

play \i-ˌn(y)ü-mə-ˈrā-shən\ noun

enumerative

play \i-ˈn(y)ü-mə-ˌrā-tiv, -ˈn(y)üm-rə-, -ˈn(y)ü-mə-rə-\ adjective

Examples of enumerate in a Sentence

  1. Let me enumerate my reasons for doing this.

  2. I proceeded to enumerate the reasons why I would be justified in filing a lawsuit for negligence.

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The Meaning of enumerate Gets Specific

In a census year, the U.S. government attempts to enumerate every single citizen of the country—a task that, even in the modern era of technology, isn't truly possible. Medical tests often require the enumeration of bacteria, viruses, or other organisms to determine the progress of a disease or the effectiveness of a medication. Despite its numer- root, you don't have to use numbers when enumerating. For students of government and law, the "enumerated powers" are the specific responsibilities of the Congress, as listed in the U.S. Constitution; these are the only powers that Congress has, a fact that the Tenth Amendment makes even more clearly.

Origin and Etymology of enumerate

Latin enumeratus, past participle of enumerare, from e- + numerare to count, from numerus number

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ENUMERATE Defined for English Language Learners

enumerate

verb

Definition of enumerate for English Language Learners

  • : to name (things) one after another in a list


ENUMERATE Defined for Kids

enumerate

verb enu·mer·ate \ i-ˈnü-mə-ˌrāt , -ˈnyü- \

Definition of enumerate for Students

enumerated; enumerating
1 :1count 1
2 :to name one after another :list


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