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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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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To quantify how much things have changed since then, an iPhone has many times more computing power than all the Apollo spacecraft combined. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Planned trips to moon could usher in space-based commerce," 8 June 2019 Consulting firm Tripp Umbach is out with the study, which Regions commissioned to measure and quantify the economic effect and community benefits generated by the company in Alabama and Greater Birmingham. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "Regions has $7.6 billion economic impact on Alabama," 5 June 2019 To get a global perspective on the role of mangroves, the researchers quantified two things: mangrove extent along coastal communities and economic activity. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "More mangroves? Economies recover faster after tropical cyclones," 4 June 2019 In 1999, researchers at the nonprofit Educational Testing Service, which administers the test, proposed to quantify the difference between actual scores and expected scores based on analysis of family income, parental education and other factors. The Washington Post, nola.com, "SAT’s new adversity score system faces its own adversity," 4 June 2019 The team used a high-tech device that quantified the valve opening every two seconds, as described in a paper published in the journal Biology Letters. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "Why oysters close on the full moon—and more odd lunar effects on animals," 17 Apr. 2019 The two groups also had similar rates of hospital readmission, a metric often used to quantify quality of care. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Trump's Immigration Policies Are Making It Harder for Foreign Doctors to Work in the U.S. — And That Could Hurt Patients," 8 June 2018 The questions include: Many different laboratory procedures are currently used to quantify THC and other compounds. Michael Zoorob, Washington Post, "How will you know if there’s E. coli in your marijuana? No one’s figured out how to test and regulate it yet.," 19 Mar. 2018 The staff see patterns that are harder for an algorithm to quantify, reminders that there is more than just numbers, physics, and chemistry at work. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Is Changing How Special Ops Fighters Are Trained," 12 Feb. 2019

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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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