quan·​ti·​fy | \ˈkwän-tə-ˌfī \
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 \ 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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More specifically, the researchers are testing out methods that comb census and tax data, which seems to be a way of quantifying the income disparities between white men and everyone else. Chanda Prescod-weinstein, The Cut, "What a Massive New Study on Income Inequality Misses About Black Women," 26 Mar. 2018 What is not rare—and what has been quantified in myriad ways throughout the years—is racial bias in classrooms. Anne Branigin, The Root, "The Gun Laws Moving Forward in the Florida Legislature Could Make Schools Especially Dangerous for Students of Color," 27 Feb. 2018 That loss precipitated an intense lifelong privacy and a personal and scientific strategy of quantifying the world. Richard Rhodes, New York Times, "A Remarkable Man Among Remarkable Men and Women," 24 Jan. 2018 One day Oleinik might meet with a kidney doctor about deep learning algorithms to quantify the extent of kidney damage, and another day a biologist about optimizing images of sea urchins. Cindy Atoji Keene, BostonGlobe.com, "Facing a fear leads to love for the language of computing," 6 July 2018 But maybe sometimes there is no explanation for what happens during a baseball season, no matter how hard people try to quantify every last detail. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Baseball’s Luckiest Team Doesn’t Think It’s Luck," 3 July 2018 However, just our presence alone can have important behavioral impacts on wildlife, even if these effects aren't immediately apparent or easy to quantify. Kaitlyn Gaynor, CNN, "To avoid humans, more wildlife now work the night shift," 14 June 2018 The same survey question, when quantifying the benefits of the project, also uses a much lower construction jobs number -- 2,000 -- than Jordan Cove's most recent estimate, which is three times higher. Ted Sickinger, OregonLive.com, "Survey: Oregonians oppose Coos Bay gas export project," 26 May 2018 Irresistible Scent That summer, Douglas captured dozens of crested auklets on the Shumagin Islands and inserted them, one by one, into a specialized chamber to quantify their scent. Kevin Schafer, National Geographic, "These Birds Make Their Own Citrus-Scented Cologne," 25 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of quantify

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

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