›[C]a set of numbers that marks a particular person or thing as separate from others of the same type: account/invoice/order numberInclude your account number and the name of the fund in which you want to invest.contact/telephone/mobile numberPlease leave a contact number.a credit card/registration/identification number
›[C]an amount of people or things: the number of sthThe number of employees taking legal action over work-related disease is increasing.a growing/increasing/declining number Regulators are seeing a growing number of stock frauds directed at small investors.the maximum/minimum/total numberThe total number of people in employment has increased by more than 234,000 (16.1%).a large/record numbera small/limited number
a number of things/reasons/people, etc.›several things, reasons, people, etc.: There are a number of factors currently influencing stock-price fluctuations.
numbers[plural]›FINANCEthe information in a company's accounts that shows its financial results and position: Citigroup described the supermarket's numbers as strong and solid.›used to talk about how many people are involved in something: customer/passenger/staff numbersPassenger numbers increased 11.3% in the period.
make the numbers›to achieve the expected results, expressed in numbers: The company culture drove employees to make the numbers without much concern for how they did it.
run the numbers›FINANCEto examine the details of a particular financial situation, usually in order to make a decision about it: She ran the numbers on her mortgage and realized that refinancing was the right thing to do.