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

transitive verb

: to limit by a quantifier
: to bind by prefixing a quantifier
: to make explicit the logical quantity of
: 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 websites on the Internet.
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Word History


Medieval Latin quantificare, from Latin quantus how much

First Known Use

1627, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of quantify was in 1627

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“Quantify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quantify. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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