enumerate

verb
enu·​mer·​ate | \ i-ˈn(y)ü-mə-ˌrāt How to pronounce enumerate (audio) \
enumerated; enumerating

Definition of enumerate

transitive verb

1 : to ascertain the number of : count
2 : to specify one after another : list

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Other Words from enumerate

enumerative \ i-​ˈn(y)ü-​mə-​ˌrā-​tiv How to pronounce enumerative (audio) , -​ˈn(y)üm-​rə-​ , -​ˈn(y)ü-​mə-​rə-​ \ adjective

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.

Examples of enumerate in a Sentence

Let me enumerate my reasons for doing this. I proceeded to enumerate the reasons why I would be justified in filing a lawsuit for negligence.

Recent Examples on the Web

Over the course of forty-seven minutes, Trump enumerated American military conquests and the branches of the U.S. armed forces. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s “Inoffensive” War on Reality," 5 July 2019 With the understanding that choosing to deny certain customers service may be in violation of the law, the walkout organizers’ demands have shifted from the ones enumerated in the petition. Sam Dean, latimes.com, "Wayfair sells beds to furnish border camps. Its employees are walking out in protest," 25 June 2019 In appealing a 2017 ruling that found the government violated the 1997 consent decree known as the Flores Settlement Agreement, Fabian argued that the decree does not specifically enumerate those items as mandatory. Josh Lederman, NBC News, "Justice Department lawyer defends herself after viral video on child migrant treatment," 25 June 2019 Understand too that many costs enumerated in the report are not detractors from gross domestic product but contributors to it. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Press Is the Enemy of Climate," 4 Dec. 2018 Young men enumerating their all but exhausted options. Robert Draper, National Geographic, "Surrounded by chaos, Niger is a nation on the edge," 17 June 2019 During a meeting with House Republicans in July 2016, Trump was asked for views on Article I (which enumerates the powers of Congress). James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s rejection of due process for gun owners points to his disdain for the rule of law," 1 Mar. 2018 This second go-round had predictably bad questions from Congresspeople who were more interested in pushing a narrative that Google Search had a bias against conservatives than digging into, well, any of the issues enumerated above. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Google," 26 Dec. 2018 Let’s look at the risk factors, as enumerated by Medical News Today. 1. Steve Brykman, Ars Technica, "Forget Fortnite—my son is still obsessed with Minecraft," 16 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of enumerate

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for enumerate

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

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enumerate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of enumerate

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

enumerate

verb
enu·​mer·​ate | \ i-ˈnü-mə-ˌrāt How to pronounce enumerate (audio) , -ˈnyü-\
enumerated; enumerating

Kids Definition of enumerate

2 : to name one after another : list

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