American English

Definition of number verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they number
    he / she / it numbers
    past simple numbered
    -ing form numbering
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    make a series
  1. 1[transitive] to give a number to something as part of a series or list number something All the seats in the stadium are numbered. I couldn't figure out the numbering system for the hotel rooms. number something from… to… Number the car's features from 1 to 10 according to importance. number something + noun The doors were numbered 2, 4, 6, and 8.
  2. make something as total
  3. 2[intransitive] + noun to make a particular number when added together The crowd numbered more than a thousand. We numbered 20 (= there were 20 of us in the group).
  4. include
  5. 3[transitive, intransitive] (formal) to include someone or something in a particular group; to be included in a particular group number somebody/something among something I number her among my closest friends. number among something He numbers among the best classical American actors.
  6. Idioms
    somebody's/something's days are numbered
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    a person or thing will not continue to live, exist, or be successful for much longer His days as leader of the party are numbered. Whatever the protests, the school's days are numbered and it will be closed down.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: number