quantify

verb
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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Other Words from quantify

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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Also, quantifying the results of meditation is, in a way, antithetical to its nature. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Meditation Can—and Can’t—Do for Your Health," 11 Sep. 2018 To the instructors here in Texas, the human body is a machine to be quantified and calibrated to an optimal state. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Trained With Air Force Human Performance Specialists," 12 Feb. 2019 There was a quality about Houston last year that couldn’t exactly be quantified. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Houston Rockets Have a Warriors Hangover," 12 Dec. 2018 Although many things cannot be quantified in economic terms, the report includes efforts to estimate economic impacts. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "US tries to bury report on climate change’s dire health, economic impacts," 26 Nov. 2018 Numbers Nation likes to believe anything Baseball can be quantified. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds' CF Billy Hamilton is underrated as an offensive contributor," 5 July 2018 Can the value of a piece of communication be quantified in likes, shares, and comments? Jason Tanz, WIRED, "Mark Zuckerberg Speaks, But Is He Listening?," 21 Mar. 2018 Politicians and police argued that the program’s benefits, such as familiarizing students with law enforcement, couldn’t be quantified. Jessica Contrera, BostonGlobe.com, "DARE officers, their ranks thinned, face legal pot and opioid crisis," 13 Mar. 2018 Physical therapists do our best to quantify pain, with numerical scales and questionnaires about how much pain affects function, such as the popular 0-10 pain scale. SELF, "How to Know When It’s Safe to Run Through Knee Pain and When You Need to Stop," 7 Dec. 2018

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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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The first known use of quantify was in 1627

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quantify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of quantify

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

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