Definition of quantity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkwɒntəti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɑːntəti//
    (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. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French quantite, from Latin quantitas (translating Greek posotēs), from quantus ‘how great, how much’.Extra examples A quantity of jewellery was taken during the burglary. Gas was detected in sufficient quantity to warrant careful monitoring. There is a discount for goods bought in quantity. copious quantities of champagne Is the medicine available in sufficient quantity? It is a product that is cheap to produce in large quantities. They were surprised by the sheer quantity of food. a large quantity of wine/​food/​booksIdioms a person or thing whose qualities or abilities are not yet known
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