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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

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 The big four who top the list are symbols of the change: 1. Alan Murray, Fortune, 4 Oct. 2022 Most cotton mask companies sell their masks in India in packs of threes and fours. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, 26 May 2020 Angry homebuilders mailed chunks of two-by-fours to the Fed’s marble headquarters in Washington. New York Times, 9 Dec. 2019 Then the material should be weighted down, whether with earth staples (which resemble giant hairpins), rocks or lumber, like two-by-fours. Margaret Roach, New York Times, 24 Apr. 2020 Hold for a few seconds and place back down to all-fours position. Mallory Creveling,, 15 Apr. 2020 After college at Indiana, Neff went into coaching and led Terre Haute South to three consecutive final fours. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, 7 Apr. 2020 Lumber futures have plummeted of late, and mills are dramatically dialing back production of two-by-fours, plywood and other building materials. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, 31 Mar. 2020 For instance, the first time is by twos, then by threes, then by fours. Jamie Kiffel-alcheh, National Geographic, 19 Mar. 2020 See More

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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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\ 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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