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Definition of 'number'

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  1. the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals; "he had a number of chores to do"; "the number of parameters is small"; "the figure was about a thousand"
       Synonyms: figure
  2. a concept of quantity derived from zero and units; "every number has a unique position in the sequence"
  3. a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program; "he did his act three times every evening"; "she had a catchy little routine"; "it was one of the best numbers he ever did"
       Synonyms: act routine turn bit
  4. a numeral or string of numerals that is used for identification; "she refused to give them her Social Security number"
       Synonyms: identification number
  5. the number is used in calling a particular telephone; "he has an unlisted number"
       Synonyms: phone number telephone number
  6. a symbol used to represent a number; "he learned to write the numerals before he went to school"
       Synonyms: numeral
  7. one of a series published periodically; "she found an old issue of the magazine in her dentist's waiting room"
       Synonyms: issue
  8. a select company of people; "I hope to become one of their number before I die"
  9. the grammatical category for the forms of nouns and pronouns and verbs that are used depending on the number of entities involved (singular or dual or plural); "in English the subject and the verb must agree in number"
  10. an item of merchandise offered for sale; "she preferred the black nylon number"; "this sweater is an all-wool number"
  11. a clothing measurement; "a number 13 shoe"


  1. add up in number or quantity; "The bills amounted to $2,000"; "The bill came to $2,000"
       Synonyms: total add up come amount
  2. give numbers to; "You should number the pages of the thesis"
  3. enumerate; "We must number the names of the great mathematicians"
       Synonyms: list
  4. put into a group; "The academy counts several Nobel Prize winners among its members"
       Synonyms: count
  5. determine the number or amount of; "Can you count the books on your shelf?"; "Count your change"
       Synonyms: count enumerate numerate
  6. place a limit on the number of
       Synonyms: keep down

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