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

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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Recent Examples on the Web But as Jeff McKay, the county board chair, said at a brief ceremony on Wednesday evening, no number could quantify the toll the pandemic had wrought on the region. Washington Post, 10 June 2021 The task force report could quantify and analyze a wide swath of data, Scoles hopes, with the requisite background knowledge of sensor capabilities, current domestic and foreign military capabilities, and so on. Leonard David, Scientific American, 8 June 2021 What Qualcomm can’t really quantify is the battery life since that’s dependent on the hardware manufacturer. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 24 May 2021 Health officials there would not or could not quantify how many of those people had affirmatively refused to obtain a shot, which were being offered at a base ballroom that before the pandemic had served as a bingo parlor. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2021 With a decentralized policing system in the US that includes about 18,000 federal, state, and local agencies, the extent of recent reforms is varied and difficult to quantify. BostonGlobe.com, 22 May 2021 There’s no way ever to quantify the loss of over 2,200 American servicemen and women, 3,800 American contractors, and 100,000 Afghans over two decades. Mike Hayes, Time, 29 Apr. 2021 Additionally, while there is no way to quantify the impact on viewing, networks have conducted research showing some audience members don’t want to hear stars presenting their political positions on the programs. Stephen Battaglio Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2021 There is no way to definitively quantify a subjective discussion on the best Mets position player ever. New York Times, 31 Mar. 2021

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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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14 Jun 2021

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“Quantify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quantify. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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