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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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 This became the standard way to quantify neural activity, but the variability may result from where neurons are in oscillation cycles, so the practice ignores the timing information needed to reveal traveling waves. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "“Traveling” Brain Waves May Be Critical for Cognition," 28 June 2018 To quantify the effect, the researchers looked at responses from a telephone survey of adults, who were asked about their mental health in the last 30 days. Aneri Pattani, Philly.com, "Police killings strain mental health of entire black community, study finds," 21 June 2018 What quantifies happiness in someone’s life isn’t the ideal that was created in the ’50s. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Jennifer Aniston Says the Idea of Having Kids Is 'Frightening' to Her," 7 Dec. 2018 Goldman Sachs quantifies this by including stocks in its financial-conditions index designed to provide a broader measure than interest rates of the effect of tight money on economic growth. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Tech Malaise or Something Much Worse: How to Read the Markets," 30 Oct. 2018 Ficenec isn’t just speaking in generalities: last year, researchers from across the country quantified how much land would need to be converted to habitat to save the monarchs — and compared it to how much land is available to do so. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "They're beautiful — and in danger. Now, a huge effort focuses on saving monarch butterflies," 13 July 2018 To quantify the reach of Nike and its competitors, The Oregonian/OregonLive reviewed more than 100 pages of apparel deals covering Oregon's largest public high schools. Joel Odom, OregonLive.com, "Notre Dame vs. Mississippi State: TV channel, live stream, score updates for NCAA women's basketball championship," 1 Apr. 2018 The price of a work of art is determined by individual taste and hard-to-quantify trends. William G. Rich, WSJ, "Let the Sun Shine In on the Art Business," 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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English Language Learners Definition of quantify

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

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