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Definition of thousand number from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (plural verb) (abbreviation K)
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  1. 11,000 You say a, one, two, etc. thousand without a final “s” on “thousand.”Thousands (of…) can be used if there is no number or quantity before it. Always use a plural verb with thousand or thousands, except when an amount of money is mentionedFour thousand (people) are expected to attend.Two thousand (dollars) was withdrawn from the account.
  2. 2a thousand, or thousands (of…) (usually informal) a large number There were thousands of people there.
  3. 3the thousands the numbers from 1,000 to 9,999 The cost ran into the thousands. There are more examples of how to use numbers at the entry for hundred.
  4. Idioms
    bat a thousand (informal)
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    to be very successful He made another sale? He's really batting a thousand!
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