Share this entry

Share this page

seventy

Syllabification: sev·en·ty
Pronunciation: /ˈsevən(t)ē
 
/

Definition of seventy in English:

cardinal number (plural seventies)

1The number equivalent to the product of seven and ten; ten less than eighty; 70: about seventy people attended seventy were arrested (Roman numeral: lxx, LXX)
More example sentences
  • Most works of philosophy that run to seventy or eighty volumes are hard to summarize.
  • The agency is to allocate between seventy and eighty grants all over the country.
  • Most of the cards sold today are variations on themes introduced seventy to eighty years ago.
1.1 (seventies) The numbers from seventy to seventy-nine, especially the years of a century or of a person’s life: Dad was now in his seventies
More example sentences
  • It almost has the look of a city of the future, as seen in movies of the seventies and eighties!
  • Your work from the sixties and seventies would certainly lend support to that claim.
  • He was an icon to many of my Belfast school friends in the late seventies who were starting their own bands.
1.2Seventy years old: she was nearly seventy
More example sentences
  • He referred to a higher mortality rate of infant travellers and said that female travellers tended not to reach the age of seventy as often as female members of the settled community did.
  • The government should increase funding to Primary Schools by gradually raising the pensionable age to seventy, with a reasonable warning period.
  • And I told him that my mother and father, my two aunts, my two grandparents on both sides, they all died around the age of seventy.
1.3Seventy miles an hour: doing about seventy
More example sentences
  • Even though we were only going thirty miles an hour the other guy was going seventy.

Origin

Old English hundseofontig, from hund- (of uncertain origin) + seofon 'seven'.

Derivatives

seventieth

1
Pronunciation: /-tēəTH/
ordinal number
Example sentences
  • Now, in the year of his seventieth birthday, Starchev is preparing for a new exhibition.
  • Congratulations to Jim Elliott, Crooke, who celebrated his seventieth birthday recently.
  • Prague-born pianist Ivan Moravec celebrated his seventieth birthday in 2000.

seventyfold

2
Pronunciation: /-ˌfōld/
adjective& adverb
Example sentences
  • The two investigators confirmed early work indicating that cellular extracts can change the stiffness of dermis between tenfold and seventyfold.

Words that rhyme with seventy

peasanty

Definition of seventy in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈɛmjʊləs
adjective
seeking to emulate someone or something