\ 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

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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Energized by the tens of thousands of Peruvian fans, the South Americans tried to match Les Bleus’ intensity early but were outshot, 12-10, with only two chances on target, with two others blocked. BostonGlobe.com, "France eliminates Peru, advances to Round of 16," 21 June 2018 One organization last year swept 70 locations on the shore and netted 373,686 pieces of litter, mostly plastic, including single-use water bottles by the tens of thousands. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "Shore towns ban plastic bags, say they dirty beaches, hurt wildlife," 24 May 2018 Teachers converged on the state Capitol by the tens of thousands beginning last week, shuttering schools across the state. Washington Post, latimes.com, "Oklahoma teacher walkout winds down despite lawmakers' failure to meet demands," 13 Apr. 2018 The demonstrations, which sent teachers by the tens of thousands to the state Capitol each day schools were closed, represented the strongest labor action the conservative state has seen in several decades. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Oklahoma Teachers Declare End to Nine-Day Strike," 12 Apr. 2018 The 19-year-old obviously cares about everything that goes into his tour; He wasn't joined by tens of people on stage either, which was a breath of fresh air straying away from the strategy some in his age group implement. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Lil Skies Delivers Back-to-Back Electrifying NYC Shows at Irving Plaza," 27 Mar. 2018 On Paid Off, the contestants carry debt ranging from several thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "Win a Game Show, Pay Off Your Student Debt," 12 July 2018 The county law library and some attorneys have carried away some law books, but a recycling company will take most of the tens of thousands of volumes. Pauline Repard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Old downtown courthouse being stripped before demolition," 7 July 2018 Baker’s comments come amid a broadening federal investigation into potential fraud inside the State Police, where prosecutors say three troopers allegedly bilked taxpayers out of tens of thousands of dollars in 2016 alone. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "State Police ‘conspiracy’ could go back years, Baker says," 30 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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