Definition of enumerate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈnjuːməreɪt/


[with object]
1Mention (a number of things) one by one: there is not space to enumerate all his works
More example sentences
  • Similarly, in the chapter on opera buffa's social reversals, the author enumerates a number of later contributions in a footnote, but she does not incorporate them into her discussion.
  • I would need more fingers and toes than I have to enumerate the number of people who contacted me to say ‘well done’ on going so forcefully public on the matter.
  • For their part, the miners enumerate the number of jobs the industry provides.
list, itemize, catalogue, set out, set forth, give;
cite, name, mention, specify, identify, spell out, detail, particularize;
summarize, recount, recite, rehearse, recapitulate, quote, relate;
run through, reel off, rattle off, tick/check off
1.1 formal Establish the number of: 6,079 residents were enumerated in 241 establishments
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  • In 1880, the city directory enumerated a total of 1,042 saloons, with 6.72 saloons per 1,000 individuals.
  • This was further examined by enumerating the number of eosinophils that accumulated around the airways of the allergen-challenged animals.
  • There was no attempt to enumerate the number of students in these subgroups because the small numbers would not have provided a statistically significant sample.
calculate, compute, count, add up, sum up, tally, total, number, put a figure on, quantify;
reckon, figure up, work out;
British  tot up
archaic tell



Pronunciation: /ɪˈnjuːmərətɪv/
Example sentences
  • One type is enumerative in nature and involves asking as many people as possible and then reporting the raw numbers.
  • For enumerative research, random sampling could provide statistically based generalizability, although even here the sampling frame is often a restricted version of the target population.
  • In his early work he investigated quadrics, algebraic curves, complexes, and congruences in the spirit of nineteenth-century projective, metrical, and enumerative geometry.


Early 17th century: from Latin enumerat- 'counted out', from the verb enumerare, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out' + numerus 'number'.

  • number from Middle English:

    The source of number, and of enumerate (early 17th century) and numerous (Middle English), is the Latin word numerus. The first written use of your number is up was by the English essayist Charles Lamb in a letter written in 1806, in which the reference is to someone drawing a winning ticket in the ‘lottery of despair’. Other suggestions have been made as to the phrase's origins. One links it to various passages in the Bible that refer to the ‘number of your days’, meaning the length of your life. Another proposes that the number in question is a soldier's army number, associated with identifying casualties on the battlefield and the fatalistic expectation of a bullet with ‘your name and number’ on it.

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