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 While most of the adult events are ticketed ($15 each), the best deal is the Festival Passes, which discount a quantity of events and simplify registration. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area Book Festival (Member Discount)," 20 Apr. 2021 The 20th anniversary sneakers will be produced in a limited quantity of 400 pairs that will be distributed during 20 events, 19 held in stores and one virtual event, which will be a contest to purchase one of the remaining 20 pairs. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, "Golden Goose Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary With Limited-Edition Sneakers, A Book, A Golden Bench And More," 7 Apr. 2021 Oregon is still expecting to receive a large quantity of Johnson & Johnson vaccine next week, Baden said, which could total around 100,000 doses between the state’s allocation and vaccine sent directly to pharmacies. oregonlive, "Oregon hedges COVID-19 vaccination timeline in response to concerns over Johnson & Johnson shipments," 1 Apr. 2021 Rodrigo Yáñez, a senior foreign ministry official who oversaw the vaccine procurement program, said Chile was successful in securing a large quantity of doses soon after manufacturing began by acting decisively and early. New York Times, "Despite Chile’s Speedy Covid-19 Vaccination Drive, Cases Soar," 30 Mar. 2021 Establishes a medical marijuana program and permits caregivers or patients who have received a physician recommendation to possess a certain quantity of marijuana. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, "Every marijuana reform bill in Indiana died this year except for one. Here's what it says.," 26 Mar. 2021 In their research, the team of scientists posits that a large quantity of the Martian planet's water had not escaped into space due to its low gravity as previously assumed, but instead was trapped in its crust. Julia Musto, Fox News, "New NASA study challenges beliefs about water on Mars," 18 Mar. 2021 Weather conditions such as wind speed and cloud cover also affect those levels, however a large quantity of these reductions are due to restrictions being eased. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Satellite images show air pollution returning to pre-pandemic levels as restrictions loosen," 16 Mar. 2021 The company built more than 400 homes in the La Crosse area from 1924 to 1980, and Bice-Olsen was perhaps the only business in the area that could supply a sufficient quantity of lumber on such short notice. Steve Rundio, Star Tribune, "La Crosse pair went on mission to find house built in a day," 15 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 11 May. 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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