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 Alright, easy to say, but integrity is hard to measure or quantify. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Does bad behavior by a CEO or leader carry a price to be paid?," 1 Dec. 2020 The material effect of policy decisions on Palantir’s bottom line is hard to quantify. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Palantir’s Eye-Popping Rally," 25 Nov. 2020 Global Health 5050, is the first major effort to capture and quantify COVID’s gendered impact. Shefali Luthra, USA TODAY, "A new database tracks COVID-19’s effects on sex and gender," 27 Sep. 2020 To tackle Munich Re's exposure, Kraut's team began attempting to quantify and price this incredibly remote, unpredictable risk. Evan Ratliff, Wired, "We Can Protect the Economy From Pandemics. Why Didn't We?," 16 June 2020 Ten months on, many of the displaced have since returned to the city — though how many is hard to quantify, and some may leave again as case numbers and hospitalizations spike. New York Times, "Coming Home," 1 Jan. 2021 Progressives who dislike cost-benefit analysis often point to health and environmental gains that are hard to quantify. Star Tribune, "Undoing Trump regulations may divide Biden's coalition," 16 Dec. 2020 And Larsen stresses that there were many more ineffable changes made that were difficult or impossible to quantify, so the number is likely to be a low-end estimate. Alejandra Borunda, Environment, "The most consequential impact of Trump’s climate policies? Wasted time.," 11 Dec. 2020 Mumby said the advertisements’ effectiveness in changing behavior was hard to quantify, but the county has heard of the ads reaching residents and hopes the message sticks with them. James Whitlow, baltimoresun.com, "Glassman COVID-19 TV spot says wear a mask, but ad may also boost Harford exec’s name recognition for state office.," 3 Dec. 2020

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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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21 Jan 2021

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“Quantify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quantify. Accessed 21 Jan. 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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