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Definition of quantity noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. quantities)
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] an amount or a number of something a large/small quantity of something enormous/vast/huge quantities of food a product that is cheap to produce in large quantities Is it available in sufficient quantity?
  2. 2[uncountable] the measurement of something by saying how much of it there is The data is limited in terms of both quality and quantity.
  3. 3[countable, uncountable] a large amount or number of something The police found a quantity of drugs at his home. It's cheaper to buy goods in quantity. I was overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of information available.
  4. Idioms
    an unknown quantity
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    a person or thing whose qualities or abilities are not yet known
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: quantity

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