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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Every box of nails, each bottle of bleach and all the two-by-fours have to be driven out through low-lying country before being loaded for the almost three-hour ride across the Sound. Washington Post, "‘How do we continue to have life here?’: Amid flooding and rising sea levels, residents of one barrier island wonder if it’s time to retreat," 10 Nov. 2019 Justin Smith and Race Thompson are both third-year players with the potential athleticism and versatility to play as stretch fours, or perhaps even at the three in a pinch. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "With plenty of frontcourt options, Trayce Jackson-Davis remains wild card for IU basketball," 29 May 2019 After a few icebreakers, the group of veterans split up into threes and fours. oregonlive, "Oregon veterans connect and heal through film," 11 Nov. 2019 Callaway has 374 yards and fours scores on 17 receptions and is also dangerous as a punt returner. Evan Dudley, al, "Position-by-position breakdown for UAB’s road game at Tennessee," 31 Oct. 2019 Unlike the other plaques, which are grouped in twos and fours, Magowan’s stands alone on a small section of brick along King Street. Henry Schulman,, "Late Giants owner Peter Magowan enshrined on Wall of Fame he created," 28 Sep. 2019 It was razed in a matter of hours by Dorian, which reduced it to piles of splintered plywood and two-by-fours 4 and 5 feet deep, spread over an area equal to several football fields. Washington Post, "Aid effort picks up momentum as some Bahamians seek way out," 6 Sep. 2019 It was razed in a matter of hours by Dorian, which reduced it to piles of splintered plywood and two-by-fours 4 and 5 feet deep, spread over an area equal to several football fields. Michael Weissenstein,, "‘Like zombies’: Hurricane’s victims face heartbreak and loss," 5 Sep. 2019 Game 1 was played in four hours, 42 minutes and Game 2 lasted four fours, 24 minutes. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Free agency took the NBA, NHL worlds by storm this weekend," 1 July 2019

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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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12 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Four.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of four

: the number 4
: the fourth in a set or series
: four o'clock
\ ˈfȯr How to pronounce four (audio) \

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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