Definition of ten in English:

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Pronunciation: /tɛn
 
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number

1Equivalent to the product of five and two; one more than nine; 10: the last ten years the house comfortably sleeps ten a ten-foot shrub (Roman numeral: x, X)
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  • She always sleeps nine or ten hours the night before the race.
  • The food store had enough food in it to comfortably feed the five of them for ten years.
  • She can live like this another five or ten years.
1.1A group or unit of ten people or things: count in tens
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  • Police chiefs said closing the unit would save taxpayers tens of thousands of pounds.
  • The Romans represented units, tens, hundreds, and thousands as separate items in their numbers.
  • If you apply that cost to tens of thousands of devices, you can see the impact.
Synonyms
decade; Musicdecad, decuplet
rare tensome
1.2Ten years old: the boy was no more than ten
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  • They would go canoeing at a time when the children were all under the age of ten.
  • Members organised a fancy dress Hallowe'en party for children under ten years of age in the community centre.
  • The riders are all ages, some maybe under ten years of age.
1.3Ten o’clock: at about ten at night I got a call
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  • She works from eight o'clock in the morning to ten o'clock at night, six days a week.
  • The party started in the afternoon and continued until ten o'clock the next morning.
  • It was ten o'clock at night, but there wasn't much chance of a rest.
1.4A size of garment or other merchandise denoted by ten.
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  • I used to be very pretty and could fit into anything that was a size ten.
  • I was attractive, a size ten and got a lot of attention.
  • I like to use a size twelve hook, though Lee prefers a size ten.
1.5A ten-pound note or ten-dollar bill: he took the money in tens
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  • She could tell exactly how much of that thick stack of cash was of ones, fives, tens, and hundred-dollar bills.
  • There were two one dollar bills, one five dollar bill, and two tens - plus three dollars in change.
  • I'll use one of my tens and combine our money to buy it for you!
1.6A playing card with ten pips: the ten of hearts
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  • The aces, tens and face cards have point values associated with them.
  • The kings of diamonds are the highest trumps instead of the tens of hearts.
  • If any of these hand cards are tens or face cards, players can discard some or all of those cards.

Origin

Old English tēn, tīen, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch tien and German zehn, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit daśa, Greek deka, and Latin decem.

Phrases

be ten a penny

see penny.

ten out of ten

British
A perfect mark.
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  • I came into work triumphantly waving the paper and my colleague checked my scribblings and gave me a little star and a ten out of ten marking.
Used to indicate that someone has done something well: you have to give her ten out of ten for persistence
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  • I would give it ten out of ten if someone bought it for me because no-one ever buys me perfume, but for my other half…
  • If the music weeklies gave an album ten out of ten, I invariably went and bought it.
  • I would give myself a ten out of ten for my performance.

ten to one

Very probably: ten to one you’ll never find out who did this
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  • Odds are ten to one that she will be an outcast at the next meeting.
  • Ten to one, Henry will bribe them.
  • Ten to one you've had to go to the dictionary to find out what that means.

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