quan·​ti·​ty | \ ˈkwän-tə-tē How to pronounce quantity (audio) \
plural quantities

Definition of quantity

1a : an indefinite amount or number
b : a determinate or estimated amount
c : total amount or number
d : a considerable amount or number often used in plural generous quantities of luck— H. E. Putsch
2a : the aspect in which a thing is measurable in terms of greater, less, or equal or of increasing or decreasing magnitude
b : the subject of a mathematical operation
c : an individual considered with respect to a given situation an unknown quantity … as attorney general— Tom Wicker
3a : duration and intensity of speech sounds as distinct from their individual quality or phonemic character specifically : the relative length or brevity of a prosodic syllable in some languages (such as Greek and Latin)
b : the relative duration or time length of a speech sound or sound sequence
4 : the character of a logical proposition as being universal, particular, or singular

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Examples of quantity in a Sentence

The wine is made in small quantities. The boss is worried about quantity as well as quality. The family buys food in quantity.
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Recent Examples on the Web Amy Mattila, a Minneapolis health and wellness coach, suggests that those hoping to pare down their activities focus on the quality of the experiences vs. quantity. Rachel Hutton, Star Tribune, "How Minnesotans are hanging onto the positive life changes they made during the pandemic," 2 Apr. 2021 Netflix has managed to keep its quantity of new releases up in recent months, but the quality of Netflix originals has really suffered so far in 2021. Zach Epstein, BGR, "Here’s every single one of the 53 new Netflix originals coming in April 2021," 1 Apr. 2021 In the enormous market square, a quantity of goods never seen before, many of them of great value, were just waiting to be exported to European markets. Longreads, "Why Bumblebees Love Cats and Other Beautiful Relationships," 23 Mar. 2021 Disney also announced lots of new content coming, with more shows coming to Hulu, a service that’s evolving more toward quantity rather than quality. Anthony Marcusa, chicagotribune.com, "The best streaming services," 19 Mar. 2021 Since Bitcoin’s source code predetermines that Bitcoin’s supply will ultimately be fixed and totally inelastic, all market adjustments can take place only via price changes, not quantity changes. Robert J. Simon, National Review, "Beyond Bitcoin, It’s Time for Cryptocurrency Boards," 19 Mar. 2021 Crate to Plate London home delivery boxes range from £6 to £28 depending on the selection and quantity, with no delivery charge on orders of £20 or more. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, "New London Vertical Farm Offers Eco-Friendly Greens Picked And Delivered Within 24 Hours," 18 Mar. 2021 The temporary timeout could last a week or as many as 30 days depending on the severity and quantity of violations, a company spokesperson said. Washington Post, "Travel spending by Americans plummeted 42 percent in 2020, trade group says," 17 Mar. 2021 Of the initial order for 80 million doses to the EU in the first quarter this year, the company will be struggling to deliver half that quantity. BostonGlobe.com, "Poll says 70% of Americans support President Biden’s coronavirus pandemic response," 5 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of quantity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for quantity

Middle English quantite, from Anglo-French quantité, from Latin quantitat-, quantitas, from quantus how much, how large; akin to Latin quam how, as, quando when, qui who — more at who

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The first known use of quantity was in the 14th century

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“Quantity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quantity. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of quantity

: an amount or number of something
: a large amount or number of something


quan·​ti·​ty | \ ˈkwän-tə-tē How to pronounce quantity (audio) \
plural quantities

Kids Definition of quantity

1 : amount entry 2, number There's a small quantity of fuel left.
2 : a large number or amount quantities of money We buy food in quantity.

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