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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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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 The women won the junior varsity eight while the men took the third varsity eight race and the junior varsity fours. Joe Juliano,, "Temple, with a little help, wins men's varsity eight race at Dad Vail Regatta," 12 May 2018 New for 2018 is a fold-flat passenger seat that along with the fold-flat rear seats creates an extended cargo area for longer items such as two-by-fours or hockey sticks that wouldn’t fit as easily in similarly sized vehicles. Robert Duffer,, "Auto review: 2018 GMC Terran Denali is not the champagne of compact crossovers," 16 May 2018 Pocket pie, cookie set and petite fours are among the treat offerings, while bottles, keychains, mugs and shirts are available. Marc Bona,, "Hello Kitty Cafe food-merchandise truck making 1 NE Ohio stop," 11 Apr. 2018 If this all-fours position feels uncomfortable on your knee, fold a mat a few times and place it underneath the standing knee for extra cushion. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "Why 'Riverdale' Star Madelaine Petsch's Butt Exercise Is a Great Go-to Move," 5 Apr. 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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