number definition, meaning - what is number in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “number”

See all translations

number

noun uk   /ˈnʌm.bər/  us   /-bɚ/

number noun (SYMBOL)

A1 [C] (a sign or symbol representing) a unit that forms part of the system of counting and calculating: 25, 300, and a billion are all numbers. She's very good with numbers (= good at adding, subtracting, etc.).A1 [C] (written abbreviation no.) a number that is used to mark a particular example of something: They live at number 34 Orchard Street. Please write your credit card number on this form. What's our flight number?A1 [C] (written abbreviation no.) a phone number: I gave him my number.
More examples

number noun (AMOUNT)

B1 [S, + sing/pl verb] an amount or total: The number of people killed in road accidents fell last month. There has been an increasing number of cases of the disease. A small number of children are educated at home. A large number of invitations has been sent. Letters of complaint were surprisingly few in number (= there were not many of them).numbers [plural] a number of a particular description: Small numbers of children are educated at home. Large numbers of invitations were sent. Newspapers are produced in vast numbers.a number of things B2 several of a particular type of thing: I decided not to go, for a number of reasons. [S, + sing/pl verb] a group of people: On the trip, one of our number fell ill.
More examples

number noun (PARTICULAR THING)

[C] a particular example of something [C] a particular copy of a magazine: Do you have last week's number of the New Yorker? He's got all the back numbers (= previous copies) of the magazine. [C] informal a piece of clothing, especially a dress, that you admire: She was wearing a stylish Dior number. [C] US slang a person with a particular characteristic: He's a real sexy number, don't you think? [C] a short tune or song: Sing one of those romantic numbers. [C usually singular] mainly US informal something that is often said: He tried the usual/that old number about how his wife didn't understand him.

number

verb uk   /ˈnʌm.bər/  us   /-bɚ/

number verb (WRITE SYMBOL)

C1 [T] to give something a number in a series and usually to write this number on it: All the folders have been carefully numbered and filed away. Number the pages from one to ten.

number verb (AMOUNT)

C2 [L only + noun] If people or things number a particular amount, there are this many of them: After the hurricane the homeless numbered over 200,000.
(Definition of number from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of number?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “number” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

force somebody's hand

to make someone do something they do not want to do, or act sooner than they had intended

Word of the Day

Go ahead! (Phrasal verbs with ‘go’)

by Kate Woodford,
May 06, 2015
​​​ Every few weeks, we focus on phrasal verbs that are formed with a particular verb. This week, we’re looking at phrasal verbs that start with the verb ‘go’. As ever, we present a range of the most useful and common phrasal verbs. Some of the most common ‘go’ phrasal verbs are easy

Read More 

Evel abbreviation

May 04, 2015
English votes for English laws; the idea that only English (as opposed to Scottish, Welsh or Irish) MPs should be allowed to vote for laws that affect only England Yet these are the two principal constitutional proposals that have come from the Conservative party in its kneejerk response to Ukip’s English nationalism and

Read More