quantity


quantity
[[t]kwɒ̱ntɪti[/t]]
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quantities
1) N-VAR A quantity is an amount that you can measure or count.

...a small quantity of water.

...vast quantities of food...

The bowl needs to be re-frozen after each use, so it takes a long time to make a large quantity...

Cheap goods are available, but not in sufficient quantities to satisfy demand...

Uranium is available in considerable quantity from various areas of the world.

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2) N-UNCOUNT Things that are produced or available in quantity are produced or available in large amounts.

After some initial problems, acetone was successfully produced in quantity...

But even with those databases, the sheer quantity of data can still cause problems.

3) N-UNCOUNT You can use quantity to refer to the amount of something that there is, especially when you want to contrast it with its quality.

...the less discerning drinker who prefers quantity to quality...

In terms of quantity, production grew faster than ever before.

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4) PHRASE: v-link PHR If you say that someone or something is an unknown quantity, you mean that not much is known about what they are like or how they will behave.

She had known Max for some years now, but he was still pretty much an unknown quantity.


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