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



    BrE BrE//ˈhʌndrəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌndrəd//
    (plural verb)
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  1. 1  100 One hundred (of the children) have already been placed with foster families. There were just a hundred of them there. This vase is worth several hundred dollars. She must be over a hundred (= a hundred years old). Hundreds of thousands of people are at risk. a hundred-year lease You say a, one, two, several, etc. hundred without a final ‘s’ on ‘hundred’. Hundreds (of…) can be used if there is no number or quantity before it. Always use a plural verb with hundred or hundreds, except when an amount of money is mentioned:Four hundred (people) are expected to attend.Two hundred (pounds) was withdrawn from the account.
  2. 2  a hundred, hundreds (of…) (usually informal) a large amount hundreds of miles away for hundreds of years If I've said it once, I've said it a hundred times. I have a hundred and one things to do. (formal) Men died in their hundreds.
  3. 3the hundreds [plural] the numbers from 100 to 999 We're talking about a figure in the low hundreds.
  4. 4the… hundreds [plural] the years of a particular century the early nineteen hundreds (= written ‘early 1900s’)
  5. 5one, two, three, etc. hundred hours used to express whole hours in the 24-hour system twelve hundred hours (= 12.00, midday)
  6. Word Origin late Old English, from hund ‘hundred’ (from an Indo-European root shared with Latin centum and Greek hekaton) + a second element meaning ‘number’; of Germanic origin and related to Dutch honderd and German hundert.Idioms
    give a hundred (and ten) per cent
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    to put as much effort into something as you can Every player gave a hundred per cent tonight.
    1. 1in every way synonym completely I'm not a hundred per cent sure. My family supports me one hundred per cent.
    2. 2completely fit and healthy I still don't feel a hundred per cent. See related entries: Good health
    ninety-nine times out of a hundred
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    almost always
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