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American English: /ˈnəmbər/
British English: /ˈnʌmbə/

Translation of number in Spanish:


  • 1 countable 1.1 (digit) in round numbers a six-figure number
    un número de seis cifras
    Example sentences
    • We also counted the number of words, abbreviations, symbols, numbers, and values in each record.
    • Finding the ideal ratio of words to numbers may prove a fruitful area for further research.
    • The whole number part starts off your list of numbers for the continued fraction.
    1.2 (abstract quantity) a minus number
    un número negativo
    Example sentences
    • Ham House's ghost tours are attracting an increasing number of visitors.
    • The battlefields of Normandy are drawing increasing numbers of British visitors as the anniversary of D-Day approaches.
    • Simply, step one involves estimating the expected number of substitutions per site accumulating between sampling times.
  • 2 2.1 (for identification)
    also: telephone number
    wrong number
    número equivocado
    license or (British) registration number
    número de placa (Latin America)
    número de patente (Southern Cone)
    identity number page/room number
    número de página/de habitación
    I'm in number 17
    estoy en la (habitación) 17
    she lives at number 48
    vive en el número 48
    the England number 11 (British)
    el número once inglés or de Inglaterra
    he was wearing number 9
    llevaba el dorsal 9
    her/my number is up
    le/me ha llegado la hora
    I thought my number was up
    creí que me había llegado la hora
    to do a number on somebody (US) [slang]
    hacérsela buena a alguien [colloquial]
    to do a number one/number two [colloquial]
    hacer pis/caca [colloquial]
    hacer del uno/del dos (Mexico) (Peru) [colloquial] [euphemistic]
    to do something by the numbers (US)
    hacer algo como Dios manda
    to have somebody's number (esp US) [colloquial]
    tener calado a alguien [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • A brief name description and gene ID accession number is given to the right hand side of each ratio.
    • Sequences included in this study and their accession numbers are listed in table 1.
    • A minimum of one Lotto ticket serial number is drawn from all valid tickets each Lotto draw.
    2.2 (indicating rank) I'll need a reliable number two
    necesito un buen segundo de a bordo
    they are currently at number five
    ocupan el quinto lugar
    to be public enemy number one
    ser el enemigo público número uno
    to look out for or after number one
    pensar ante todo en el propio interés
    he's only interested in number one
    solo piensa en sí mismo
    (before noun) he's hardly your number one fan
    no eres precisamente santo de su devoción
    Spain's number one shoe manufacturer
    el primer fabricante de zapatos or el fabricante de zapatos líder de España
  • 3 3.1 countable (amount, quantity) student numbers
    el número de estudiantes
    in a large number of cases
    en un gran número de casos
    in a small number of cases
    en unos pocos casos
    en contados casos
    guess the number of beads in the jar
    adivina cuántas cuentas hay en el frasco
    there are a number of reasons why you shouldn't go
    hay una serie de razones por las que no deberías ir
    I've mentioned it a number of times
    lo he mencionado varias veces
    on a number of occasions
    en varias ocasiones
    varias veces
    any number of things could go wrong
    hay (una) cantidad de cosas or hay (una) infinidad de cosas que podrían fallar
    any number can play
    puede jugar cualquier número de personas
    times without number [literary]
    innumerables veces
    actors of his talent are few in number
    actores como él hay pocos
    their superior numbers made victory certain
    su superioridad numérica les aseguró la victoria
    can you give me some idea of (the) numbers?
    ¿me puede dar una idea de cuántas personas serán?
    3.2 (group) among or in their number
    entre ellos
    en su grupo
    I spoke to one of their number
    hablé con uno de ellos
    she only invited us to make up the numbers
    solo nos invitó para hacer bulto
  • 4 countable 4.1 (song, tune)
    Example sentences
    • For her audition Natalie had to recite two drama pieces and perform three song and dance numbers.
    • The performers will also tackle solo songs and duets, group numbers, character dances, duologues and slapstick.
    • In one of the program's dance numbers, he performed Topeng Dalem with refined and deeply touching movements.
    4.2 (issue of magazine, journal) 4.3 (garment) [colloquial] she was wearing a smart little gray number
    llevaba un elegante modelito gris
    Example sentences
    • The dress was a sleek, black number with tiny, silvery sequins along the low neckline.
    • She pulled it off, to find a slinky black number, with thin spaghetti-straps and a jagged edge.
    • Her friend is one of those people who have no creativity so they just throw on some cat ears with some black slinky numbers.
    4.4 (individual) [colloquial] she's a hot little number
    está buenísima [colloquial]
    es un cuero (Chile) (Mexico) [colloquial]
    4.5 (thing, situation, scene) [colloquial]some people think teaching is a cushy number
    algunos piensan que la enseñanza es Jauja [colloquial]
    algunos piensan que la enseñanza es un chollo (Spain) [colloquial]
    this divorce has been a really heavy number for him [slang]
    el divorcio ha sido un buen palo para él [colloquial]
  • 5 uncountable (Linguistics)
    Example sentences
    • Countable nouns make a distinction between singular and plural number.
    • Human nouns have a distinct class marking mechanism based on number and gender.
    • There was a time a few years ago when the United States was spoken of in the plural number.
  • 6
    also: numbers plural
    (US) [colloquial] 6.1 (lottery)
    (illegal lottery) lotería (feminine) clandestina
    chance (masculine) (en Col)
    to play the numbers
    jugar a la lotería
    6.2 (results) I can't say anything till I see the numbers
    no puedo decir nada hasta ver las cifras
    the show had spectacular numbers in New England
    el programa tuvo una audiencia enorme en Nueva Inglaterra
  • 7
    also: Numbers
    (el libro de) Números

transitive verb

  • 1 (assign number to)
    a numbered (bank) account
    una cuenta (bancaria) numerada
    Example sentences
    • Coffins are being numbered and marked with pictures of the dead inside.
    • The other series, known as the piezometer series, is numbered simply 1 to 104.
    • Intron positions were numbered consecutively beginning at the N-terminus of the alignment.
  • 2 (amount to) the spectators numbered 50,000
    había (un total de) 50.000 espectadores
    el número de espectadores ascendía a 50.000
    they number thousands
    son miles
    hay miles de ellos
  • 3 (count) the benefits are too many to be numbered
    los beneficios son innumerables
    they are worthy to be numbered among the saints
    merecen un lugar entre los santos
    merecen que se los cuente entre los santos
    his days are numbered
    Example sentences
    • And thy servant is in the midst of thy people, which thou has chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered or counted for multitude.
    • The number of subjects that I could discuss with my parents and claim genuine common experience could be numbered on the fingers of one hand.
    • The few which manage to maintain the consistency and flow necessary to repeated listening can be numbered on the fingers of one hand.

intransitive verb

  • 1 (figure) he numbers among the greats of rock music
    figura or está entre los grandes del rock
    Example sentences
    • Last year's total Jewish immigration into Israel, numbering some 23,000, was a 15-year low.
    • The military forces number about fifteen thousand and are among the best trained in Africa.
    • Current playable songs number only in the hundreds.
  • 2 (Military)
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