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quantify

Syllabification: quan·ti·fy
Pronunciation: /ˈkwän(t)əˌfī
 
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Definition of quantify in English:

verb (quantifies, quantifying, quantified)

[with object]
1Express or measure the quantity of: it’s very hard to quantify the cost
More example sentences
  • The UN's project assumes that a price can be put on the environment and that life can be quantified and measured.
  • And while it is easy to quantify the cost so far, it is much harder to work out how big an impact it will have in future.
  • These measures enabled researchers to quantify each individual act of violence in each film.
2 Logic Define the application of (a term or proposition) by the use of all, some, etc., e.g., “for all x if x is A then x is B.”.
Example sentences
  • Another variable related to set names or actions is whether the number quantifying a set precedes or follows it.
  • A statement that quantifies a variable need not necessarily give the set from which the variable is to be taken.

Origin

mid 16th century: from medieval Latin quantificare, from Latin quantus 'how much'.

Derivatives

quantifiability

1
Pronunciation: /ˌkwäntəˌfīəˈbilətē/
noun
Example sentences
  • This is especially strange in a man who so emphasizes the factuality of science, with its ‘testability, evidential support, precision, and quantifiability ’.
  • For the most part, they are essentially statistical in nature and the need for objectivity, quantifiability and accuracy point in turn to the technical expertise required in order to compile them.
  • The need and significance of quantifiability and measurability of the concept and variables in social science have led to the formulation of devices/methods for their measurement.

quantifiable

2
Pronunciation: /ˈkwäntəˌfīəbəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • It also explains, perhaps, why it is so difficult to measure a logo in quantifiable terms.
  • But Gonzalez et al provide no quantifiable measures that help us determine if their claim is correct.
  • Time has an easily quantifiable value when measured in railway timetables and the speed of processing units in computers.

quantification

3
Pronunciation: /ˌkwäntəfiˈkāSHən/
noun
Example sentences
  • The advantages of quantification and of measurement will be addressed in greater detail in Chapter 3.
  • Measurement would allow quantification of the impact of multiple modes of stress on human function.
  • Among its other implications, research refers to a quantification of academic work.

Words that rhyme with quantify

testifyprettifymystify

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