\ ˈten \

Definition of ten

1 : a number that is one more than nine — see Table of Numbers
2 : the 10th in a set or series wears a ten
3 : something having 10 units or members
4 : a 10-dollar bill
5 : one deserving the highest rating specifically : an exceptionally attractive person

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Other Words from ten

ten adjective
ten pronoun, plural in construction

Synonyms & Antonyms for ten


babe [slang], cutie (or cutey), dish, doll, dreamboat [slang], fox, glamour-puss, hottie, knockout, looker, showstopper



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Examples of ten in a Sentence

“What time is it” “It's ten.” promised me that she would fix me up with a ten

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Each of these programs would cost in the tens of billions of dollars. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Air Force May Not Buy New Stealth Tanker After All, and the Light Attack Aircraft Could be Dead Too," 30 Jan. 2019 In the short run, Rivian is aiming for volumes in the tens of thousands, but has an eye on adding additional models that will push that into the hundreds of thousands later in the 2020s. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Rivian Automotive looking to battle electric cars with battery-powered trucks," 21 Sep. 2018 That race could have run in the tens of millions of dollars, though labor leaders say the negotiation was more about avoiding an existential threat to municipal budgets than saving money on a campaign. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "After 'wake-up call' from Supreme Court, California unions face tough political choices," 3 July 2018 The company had mere thousands of dollars in the bank last summer with debts totaling in the tens of millions. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Elio Motors gets a $2.5 million lifeline from Overstock.com," 24 Apr. 2018 Their job: figure out which of the tens of millions of parcels that pass through here each year might contain the powerful synthetic drugs blamed for a soaring rate of fatal overdoses. John Keilman, chicagotribune.com, "'Like finding a needle in a haystack': Agents trying to stop deadly opioid fentanyl from entering U.S. in tough battle," 12 June 2018 Wallace and other analysts said an easing of tensions in Korea could free up some of the tens of thousands of US forces deployed on the peninsula. Brad Lendon, CNN, "China must beware of summit's unintended consequences," 7 June 2018 Each month, YouMail tracks the number of robocalls its software blocks of the tens of millions of phone calls made to devices that have its service installed. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Robocalls flood the 407: Central Florida area code receives 13th-most automated phone calls," 7 June 2018 In the past decade, China has aimed to build up its scientific capacity by luring back some of the tens of thousands of Chinese scientists working abroad. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "With generous funding and top-tier jobs, China seeks to lure science talent from abroad," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of ten

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ten

Middle English, from Old English tīene, from tīen, adjective, ten; akin to Old High German zehan ten, Latin decem, Greek deka

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The first known use of ten was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of ten

: the number 10
: the tenth in a set or series
: ten o'clock


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Kids Definition of ten

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being one more than nine



Kids Definition of ten (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one more than nine : two times five : 10
2 : the tenth in a set or series

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