quan·​ti·​fy | \ ˈkwän-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce quantify (audio) \
quantified; quantifying

Definition of quantify

transitive verb

1a(1) : to limit by a quantifier
(2) : to bind by prefixing a quantifier
b : to make explicit the logical quantity of
2 : to determine, express, or measure the quantity of

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quantifiable \ ˌkwän-​tə-​ˈfī-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce quantifiable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of quantify in a Sentence

It is difficult to quantify intelligence. Doctors have quantified the risks of smoking cigarettes. It is impossible to quantify the number of Web sites on the Internet.
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The proximate causes of the bond-yield decline are numerous, interrelated and hard to quantify. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Bond-Yield Plunge Confounds the World’s Economy," 23 June 2019 And the largest benefit, though much harder to quantify, is that the acequias create communities that serve as stewards of the environment. Robert Neuwirth, National Geographic, "Centuries-old irrigation system shows how to manage scarce water," 17 May 2019 That's harder to quantify, but most accept it as part of the situation. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati's having trouble scoring goals. A possible long-term solution with local ties is gaining attention from other MLS clubs," 30 Aug. 2018 But FMTs smear the rules used for regulating standard drugs, which tend to have highly controlled, identifiable active ingredients that can be carefully quantified, formulated, standardized, and tested. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "One dead after poop transplant gone wrong, FDA warns," 14 June 2019 Understanding why a fish was mislabeled is difficult to quantify, Warner notes. National Geographic, "What is seafood fraud? Dangerous—and running rampant, report finds," 7 Mar. 2019 Stead said pinpointing the exact size and location of a nuke test is difficult to quantify. Fox News, "North Korea's nuke tests are of seismic proportions," 1 Aug. 2017 To quantify how much things have changed since then, an iPhone has many times more computing power than all the Apollo spacecraft combined. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Planned trips to moon could usher in space-based commerce," 8 June 2019 Consulting firm Tripp Umbach is out with the study, which Regions commissioned to measure and quantify the economic effect and community benefits generated by the company in Alabama and Greater Birmingham. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "Regions has $7.6 billion economic impact on Alabama," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of quantify

1627, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for quantify

Medieval Latin quantificare, from Latin quantus how much

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English Language Learners Definition of quantify

formal : to find or calculate the quantity or amount of (something)

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