Definition of number verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    number

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈnʌmbə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnʌmbər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they number
    BrE BrE//ˈnʌmbə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnʌmbər//
     
    he / she / it numbers
    BrE BrE//ˈnʌmbəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnʌmbərz//
     
    past simple numbered
    BrE BrE//ˈnʌmbəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnʌmbərd//
     
    past participle numbered
    BrE BrE//ˈnʌmbəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnʌmbərd//
     
    -ing form numbering
    BrE BrE//ˈnʌmbərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnʌmbərɪŋ//
     
     
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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 work 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 synonym add up to 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 somebody/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 actors in Britain.
  6. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French nombre (noun), nombrer (verb), from Latin numerus.Extra examples Each key is clearly numbered by room. Each pigeon hole is clearly numbered by floor and by room. We numbered 20.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.
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