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 enumerate (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 Besides those 10 labels and catalogs, BMG refused a request to enumerate what other imprints were included in the review. Ed Christman, Billboard, "BMG Review of Historic Catalog Finds Black Artists Paid Lower Royalty Rates at Four Labels," 18 Dec. 2020 Employees should continue to work diligently and enumerate as many people as possible. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Census update: Deadline confirmed as Oct. 31 as Alabama remains last in response," 3 Oct. 2020 In the past week, hurricanes and wildfires have caused additional delays as the bureau races to enumerate all households in the country. Washington Post, "Trump asks Supreme Court to overturn lower-court ruling that blocked effort to exclude undocumented from apportionment," 22 Sep. 2020 For the past three months, biologists and technicians have roamed the region enumerating wolves and their packs in the Apache-Sitgreaves and Gila national forests. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, "Health of packs studied, new wolves identified in annual Mexican gray wolf count," 10 Feb. 2020 The Postal Service is so foundational to the country that it is enumerated in the Constitution. Author: Jacob Bogage, Anchorage Daily News, "White House rejects bailout for U.S. Postal Service battered by coronavirus," 12 Apr. 2020 Postal services are specifically enumerated in theConstitution (Article I). Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Trump again attacks the U.S. Postal Service with lies," 9 Apr. 2020 Schiff rebutted Dershowitz's argument that only criminal acts are impeachable offenses, specifically bribery, which is enumerated in the Constitution as an example of high crimes and misdemeanors. NBC News, "Schiff rebuts Dershowitz's argument: 'There is a crime here of bribery or extortion'," 30 Jan. 2020 Michael Pollan, ofOmnivore’s Dilemma fame, has published a bestselling book enumerating their psychic benefits. John Semley, The New Republic, "Turn On, Tune In, Cash In," 27 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of enumerate was in 1616

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“Enumerate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enumerate. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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