in number

idiom

: in amount or quantity
Fish were once plentiful in this river, but they have since declined in number.
The protesters were few in number, but they were very loud.

Examples of in number in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And though still dwarfed in number by migrants from regional neighbors like Mexico, Venezuela and Guatemala, Chinese people are on track to be the fastest growing group making those crossings, according to a CNN analysis earlier this year of law enforcement data. Marlon Sorto, CNN, 1 Apr. 2024 Following closely behind in number of nods are Jelly Roll, SZA, and 21 Savage with eight each. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 4 Mar. 2024 While garish new homes and flashy new office buildings are altering the capital’s small-town feel, restaurants and bars are still few in number, and tend to close early. Simon Romero Alejandro Cegarra, New York Times, 28 Feb. 2024 Black applicants saw the strongest growth, increasing in number by 7%, with gains of 2.5% for Latinos and 1.9% for American Indians, the term UC uses in its demographic data. Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2024 But without more products accessible without a prescription behind-the-counter, as opposed to off-the-shelf, such switches in the U.S. will continue to be limited in number. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2024 Blue notices — alerts seeking information on someone — have roughly doubled in number over the past decade, Interpol data shows. Jane Bradley, New York Times, 20 Feb. 2024 As Colorado podcasts have grown in number — with more than 100 series by our count — the options have become dizzying. John Wenzel, The Denver Post, 15 Feb. 2024 Now the amateurs — already reduced in number from 156 to 80 because Pebble Beach is now a signature event — leave the course and turn it over to the PGA Tour players. Doug Ferguson, USA TODAY, 3 Feb. 2024

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“In number.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20number. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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