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Definition of four

1 : a number that is one more than three — see Table of Numbers
2 : the fourth in a set or series the four of hearts
3 : something having four units or members: such as
a : a 4-oared racing shell or its crew
b : a 4-cylinder engine or automobile

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Other Words from four

four adjective
four pronoun, plural in construction

Examples of four in a Sentence

“What time is it?” “It's four.” I leave each day at four.

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For shoppers tired of all the 2-liter turbo fours, Buick sticks with the V-6 engine in the LaCrosse. Robert Duffer,, "Auto review: 2017 Buick LaCrosse is a good car at a bad time," 15 Aug. 2017 Volvo says this eager-beaver approach to forced induction means its small inline-four can go up against the bigger six- and even eight-cylinder engines most everyone else uses. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Volvo’s new V60 is proof the station wagon must never die," 17 Oct. 2018 Police found two-by-fours that boarded the man and woman inside their bedrooms, which were filled with human waste, according to police reports. Adam Ferrise,, "Malnourished elderly Cleveland couple hospitalized after they were found locked in rooms at grandson's home," 15 May 2018 Problem is, there aren't many high-quality shooters as potential stretch fours in free agency with 40-year-old Dirk Nowitzki being among the better options. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Thaddeus Young exercises option and will stay with Pacers," 28 June 2018 In Los Angeles, Schindler was building his very early Modernist masterpiece out of two-by-fours and two-by-sixes offloaded from the bed of his pickup truck. Joseph Giovannini, New York Times, "In Three Famous Houses, Modern Living Unwinds," 28 June 2018 Side Kicks Get in the all-fours starting position described above for the table slides. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "A Quick Equipment-Free Butt Workout From Celebrity Trainer Erin Oprea," 27 June 2018 Tom Izzo has led Michigan State to seven final fours and has a good chance of reaching another this year, so there's really no argument against him having a wax statue. Daniel Rapaport,, "Tom Izzo Has a Wax Statue at the Breslin Center," 5 Jan. 2018 Several others downsized even further, picking 2.0L inline fours from the GM engine range, although Virginia Tech went in the other direction and picked a 5.3L small-block V8. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "These clever students have turned the Camaro into a hybrid sports car," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of four

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for four

Middle English, from four adjective, from Old English fēower; akin to Old High German fior four, Latin quattuor, Greek tessares, tettares

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The first known use of four was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of four

: the number 4

: the fourth in a set or series

: four o'clock


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Kids Definition of four

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being one more than three



Kids Definition of four (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one more than three : two times two : 4
2 : the fourth in a set or series

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