24 ENTRIES FOUND:

- number (noun)
- number (verb)
- number cruncher (noun)
- number one (noun)
- number one (adjective)
- number plate (noun)
- number sign (noun)
- Number Ten (noun)
- number two (noun)
- call number (noun)
- cardinal number (noun)
- 800 number (noun)
- license number (noun)
- opposite number (noun)
- ordinal number (noun)
- phone number (noun)
- prime number (noun)
- registration number (noun)
- serial number (noun)
- Social Security number (noun)
- telephone number (noun)
- whole number (noun)
- day (noun)
- do (verb)

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**1 ** [count] : a word or symbol (such as “five” or “16”) that represents a specific amount or quantity **2 ** **a ** : a number or a set of numbers and other symbols that is used to identify a person or thing *No*. or *no*. ** b ** : a person who is identified by a number and not treated in a personal or friendly way ** c ** : phone number **3 ** **a ** : the total amount of people or things *of* ** b ** numbers [plural] : a large group of people or things **4 ** **a ** — used to indicate the position of someone or something in a numbered list or series *No*. or *no*. ** b ** : the version of a magazine, newspaper, etc., that is published at a particular time *No*. or *no*. **5 ** [singular], formal : a group of people **6 ** [count] : a song or dance that is usually performed as part of a concert or performance **7 ** [count], informal : someone or something that is attractive or desirable **8 ** numbers [plural] : numbers that show amounts of money that are spent, earned, or needed **9 ** **a ** : numbers that show how many people are listening to or watching a particular radio or television program ** b ** : numbers that show how a person (such as an athlete) has performed in the past **10 ** numbers [plural], US : a gambling game in which people bet on which numbers will be chosen each day **11 ** [noncount], grammar : the quality of a word form that shows whether the word is singular or plural ## bad/good (etc.) with numbers

## beyond number

formal + literary## by numbers

or USby the numbers## do a number on

informal## have someone's number

informal## without number

formal## your number is up

^{2}number/ˈnʌmbɚ/verb^{2}number**1 ** [+ object] : to give a number to (someone or something in a series) : to label or identify (people or things in a series) with a number **2 ** — used to indicate a total amount **3 ** somewhat formal : to include (someone or something) as part of a larger group — + *among* or *with* *(be) numbered* ## days are numbered

pluralnumbers

pluralnumbers

Learner's definition of NUMBER

- the
*number*seven - He wrote down two
*numbers*[=*numerals*]: 3 and 9. - the
*numbers*and letters on a license plate - a three-digit
*number*like 429 - Think of a
*number*between one and one hundred. - The
*number*7³/₄ is greater than the*number*7.25. - 2, 4, 6, and 8 are even numbers; 1, 3, 5, and 7 are odd numbers.
- Let's say I have $100 to spend—that's a nice, round number. [=a number that is easily multiplied, divided, etc., and especially a number that ends in zero]

— see also cardinal number, ordinal number, prime number, whole number

[count]

- a student's ID/identification
*number* - Never give out your credit card
*number*to anyone over the phone. - What's the account
*number*on your electricity bill? - The page
*numbers*are on the top corner of each page. - Today's winning lottery
*numbers*are 17, 8, and 46. - I'm waiting for the
*number*3 bus. - Flight
*number*101 from Los Angeles to London is now boarding at Gate*number*36. - What's the answer to question
*number*6? - My daughter's the pitcher,
*number*21.

— see also registration number, serial number, social security number

- We get to know each of our customers and make sure that they don't feel like they're just a
*number*. - a large university where the students are just
*numbers*

- What's your work/office/daytime
*number*? - My home
*number*is (413) 555-2917. - Call our toll-free
*number*. - Did you get her
*number*? = Did she give you her*number*? - Well, you've got my
*number*. Give me a call sometime. - “May I speak with Sara, please?” “I'm sorry. You must have the wrong number.”

— see also 800 number

[count]

- Fish were once plentiful in this river, but they have since declined in numbers. [=there are now fewer fish than there once were]
- New houses are being built in record numbers. [=more new houses are being built now than ever before]

- Were you surprised by the
*number of*people who came to the party? - More should be done to decrease the
*number of*violent crimes in the city. - Large
*numbers of*people have left. [=many people have left] - Serious side effects were observed in a small
*number of*patients. [=a few patients had serious side effects] - A good number of college students [=many college students] have entered the competition.
- There are a number of [=
*several*] different options to choose from. - Some students have already been absent on
*a number of*occasions. - The dish can be prepared in any number of ways. [=many different ways]
- Residents have left the city for
*any number of*reasons.

[noncount]

- They have declined in number. [=there are not as many of them as there were before]
- The protesters were few
*in number*, but they were very loud.

- There's safety/strength in numbers. [=people are safer/stronger when they are together in a group]
- They won the battle through sheer weight of numbers. [=they won because there were so many of them]

[count]

- You're
*number*7 on the waiting list. - Now serving
*number*28.

- The article is in volume 36,
*number*2 of this journal. - (
*Brit*) the June*number*[=(*US*)*issue*] of the magazine

- One of their
*number*[=one of them] went missing.

- For his final
*number*he sang “Heartbreak Hotel.” - The actors broke into a song and dance
*number*.

- She wore a cute little black
*number*[=a small attractive black dress] to the dance. - I just bought a new car: a fast, blue
*number*. - I'm going to ask that hot
*number*[=attractive girl or woman] over there if she'll dance with me.

- We won't be able to stay in business with
*numbers*like these! - I'm afraid the
*numbers*just don't make your idea a profitable option. - I don't know if we can afford it. I have to look at the
*numbers*. - I ran the numbers [=determined the amount of money to be spent, earned, etc.], and I just don't think we can afford it.
- When we sat down to crunch the numbers [=to calculate exactly how much money is available, needed, etc.], we realized that we couldn't afford a new car.

numbers chiefly US [plural]

- The network looked at the show's
*numbers*and decided to cancel it.

- Her
*numbers*[=*statistics, stats*] make her the team's most valuable player. - I don't remember all of his
*numbers*, but I know he hit 33 home runs last year.

- playing the
*numbers*

- an illegal
*numbers*game - the
*numbers*racket

- A verb and its subject must agree in number. [=if the subject is singular, the verb must be singular; if the subject is plural, the verb must be plural]

: bad, good, etc., at using numbers (such as for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing)

- What's 43 times 12? Oh, I don't know—I'm
*bad/lousy with numbers*. [=I am bad at mathematics] - Ask her to do the books, she's
*good with numbers*.

: too many to count

- a paradise inhabited by animal species
*beyond number* - The stars are
*beyond number*.

: in a way that follows the rules or instructions but that is not interesting or original

- Dancing
*by the numbers*isn't good enough. You have to really feel the music.

: to have a very bad effect on (someone or something) : to hurt or damage (someone or something)

- This heavy backpack is
*doing a number on*my back. - The scandal really
*did a number on*his career.

: to be able to deal with or defeat someone easily especially because you know or understand that person so well

- She thinks she'
*s got my number*, but I'm going to prove her wrong.

: too many to count

- This area has been inhabited for years
*without number*. [=for very many years]

◊ If *your number is up*, you are about to suffer or die.

- You never know when
*your number is up*. [=when you will die]

numbers; numbered; numbering

/ˈnʌmbɚ/

verb

numbers; numbered; numbering

Learner's definition of NUMBER

- She
*numbers*and arranges the photographs according to when they were taken. - For the quiz, take out a sheet of paper and
*number*it from one to ten. [=write the numbers one through ten down the side of the paper] - Each print is signed and
*numbered*by the artist. - The team's coach bought all the players
*numbered*jerseys.

[linking verb]

- The population now
*numbers*about 400,000. [=the population is now about 400,000] - In that year, European settlers in the area
*numbered*nearly 15,000. - Though his years
*number*only 45 [=though he is only 45 years old], he looks like an old man.

[no object]

- The animal, which once
*numbered*in the millions, is now extinct.

[+ object]

- She
*numbers among*her friends three Nobel Prize winners. = She*numbers*three Nobel Prize winners*among*her friends. [=three of her friends are Nobel Prize winners] - He
*numbers*her*with*the other great poets of the time.

- John Keats
*is numbered*[=*ranked*]*among*the greatest English poets. - I am proud to
*be numbered among*those who have served our country.

[no object]

- She
*numbers among*the best. [=she is one of the best]

— used to say that someone or something will die, fail, or end soon

- The doctors have told me that my
*days are numbered*. [=I will die soon] - He knew that his
*days*as the team's coach*were numbered*. [=that he was going to be fired from his job as the team's coach soon] - The
*days*of large gas-guzzling cars*are numbered*. [=people will not be making/buying large gas-guzzling cars for much longer]

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