Definition of million in English:

million

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɪljən
 
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number (plural millions or (with numeral or quantifying word) same)

(a/one million)
1The number equivalent to the product of a thousand and a thousand; 1,000,000 or 106: a million people will benefit a population of half a million a cost of more than £20 million
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  • Nearly half a million people could benefit from a new scheme aimed at reducing hospital waiting lists.
  • Between them they will buy more than a million tickets for thousands of shows.
  • In this way, it is estimated that some half a million people will be pushed off benefits.
1.1 (millions) The numbers from a million to a billion.
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  • The report wrongly gave earnings and revenue numbers in billions rather than millions.
  • It also includes money, in the millions and billions.
  • Before European settlers arrived, gray wolves once roamed all over North America, their population in the millions.
1.2 (millions) Several million things or people: millions of TV viewers
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  • It has cost that state multiple millions of dollars.
  • Although the discrepancy may not look large, it is likely to represent very significant sums of money when multiplied by millions of customers.
  • Multiply that by millions of digital photographers and you are talking about a lot of digital information.
1.3 informal An unspecified but very large number or amount of something: I’ve got millions of beer bottles in my cellar you’re one in a million
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  • Influenza, whose genes evolve a million times faster than ours, is a master of adaptability.
  • Suddenly it's nearly Christmas and I still have a million and one things to do.
  • I have no idea where she is or what she's doing, and my mind is running at a million miles an hour.
1.4A million pounds or dollars: the author is set to make millions
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  • They stand to lose millions in revenue following the discovery of one infected cow in Alberta in May this year.
  • Didn't they invest a few million into the company a few years ago?
  • I ran into a group of people who will pay big money - millions - to the person who solves their one problem.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French, probably from Italian milione, from mille 'thousand' + the augmentative suffix -one.

Phrases

gone a million

Australian/NZ informal (Of a person) completely defeated or finished.

look (or feel) (like) a million dollars

informal Look or feel extremely good.
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  • This was all built on a Mac, naturally, and it looks like a million dollars in Safari.
  • This involves sometimes dressing up to the nines, doing grand things and looking like a million dollars.
  • Why bother, when Milan will always end up leaving you looking like a million dollars?

Derivatives

millionfold

adjective & adverb
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  • The end result is that when the intensity is increased a millionfold we perceive the loudness to have increased by a factor of twelve.
  • It may drive us mad if we begin to think of public evils as millionfold evils.
  • By the turn of the eighteenth century, that estimate stood at 20,000,000,000 Earth radii - a millionfold increase.

millionth

number
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  • Our opening statistic will perhaps change in the millionths of a percentage point, which will just make it even less catchy.
  • These particles - less than 10 millionths of a metre in size - lodge in the lungs when inhaled.
  • Their other prediction is that the quake sped up the rotation of the Earth by three millionths of a second per day.

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