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English noun: number

1. number (attribute) the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals

SamplesHe had a number of chores to do.
The number of parameters is small.
The figure was about a thousand.


Broader (hypernym)amount

Narrower (hyponym)bulk, countlessness, fewness, innumerableness, majority, minority, multiplicity, numerosity, numerousness, preponderance, prevalence, roundness

2. number (quantity) a concept of quantity involving zero and units

SamplesEvery number has a unique position in the sequence.

Broader (hypernym)definite quantity

Narrower (hyponym)addend, arity, atomic number, augend, baryon number, base, biquadrate, biquadratic, cardinal, cardinal number, cardinality, co-ordinate, complex number, complex quantity, composite number, compound number, constant, coordinate, count, cube, decimal, difference, dividend, divisor, factor, Fibonacci number, fixed-point number, floating-point number, folio, fourth power, imaginary, imaginary number, integer, linage, lineage, minuend, multiplicand, multiplier, multiplier factor, natural number, no., ordinal, ordinal number, oxidation number, oxidation state, page number, pagination, paging, prime, prime quantity, quartic, quota, quotient, radix, record, remainder, remainder, root, score, second power, square, subtrahend, third power, whole number

3. number (communication) a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program

SamplesHe did his act three times every evening.
She had a catchy little routine.
It was one of the best numbers he ever did.

Synonymsact, bit, routine, turn

Broader (hypernym)performance, public presentation

Narrower (hyponym)show-stopper, showstopper, stopper

4. number (communication) the number is used in calling a particular telephone

SamplesHe has an unlisted number.

Synonymsphone number, telephone number

Broader (hypernym)sign, signal, signaling

5. number (communication) a symbol used to represent a number

SamplesHe learned to write the numerals before he went to school.


Broader (hypernym)symbol

Narrower (hyponym)antilog, antilogarithm, Arabic numeral, Hindu numeral, Hindu-Arabic numeral, Roman numeral

6. number (communication) one of a series published periodically

SamplesShe found an old issue of the magazine in her dentist's waiting room.


Broader (hypernym)periodical

Narrower (hyponym)edition

Member meronymserial, serial publication, series

7. number (group) a select company of people

SamplesI hope to become one of their number before I die.

Broader (hypernym)company

8. number (communication) a numeral or string of numerals that is used for identification

SamplesShe refused to give them her Social Security number.

Synonymsidentification number

Broader (hypernym)positive identification

Narrower (hyponym)ABA transit number, bank identification number, BIN, license number, personal identification number, PIN, PIN number, registration number, Social Security number

9. number (attribute) a clothing measurement

SamplesA number 13 shoe.

Broader (hypernym)size

Domain usagecolloquialism

10. number (communication) 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)

SamplesIn English the subject and the verb must agree in number.

Broader (hypernym)grammatical category, syntactic category

11. number (artifact) an item of merchandise offered for sale

SamplesShe preferred the black nylon number.
This sweater is an all-wool number.

Broader (hypernym)merchandise, product, ware

English verb: number

1. number (stative) add up in number or quantity

SamplesThe bills amounted to $2,000.
The bill came to $2,000.

Synonymsadd up, amount, come, total

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)average, average out, make, outnumber, work out

2. number (communication) give numbers to

SamplesYou should number the pages of the thesis.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)denominate, designate

Narrower (hyponym)foliate, page, paginate

3. number (communication) enumerate

SamplesWe must number the names of the great mathematicians.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)identify, name

Narrower (hyponym)itemise, itemize

4. number (stative) put into a group

SamplesThe academy counts several Nobel Prize winners among its members.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)assort, class, classify, separate, sort, sort out

5. number (communication) determine the number or amount of

SamplesCan you count the books on your shelf?.
Count your change.

Synonymscount, enumerate, numerate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)ascertain, determine, find, find out

Narrower (hyponym)add, add together, add up, census, miscount, recount, sum, sum up, summate, tally, tot, tot up, total, tote up

6. number (change) place a limit on the number of

Synonymskeep down

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)circumscribe, confine, limit

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