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English definition of “quantity”

quantity

noun     /ˈkwɒntəti/
[C] an amount or number of something, especially one that can be measured : quantity of sth A sudden surge in the quantity of stock available would almost certainly depress the price .huge/large/vast quantity Asian central banks have been buying huge quantities of Treasury bonds .in large/small quantities Supermarkets , being able to buy in large quantities, can offer their customers the best prices .
[U] used to talk about how much there is of something, rather than its quality : Our focus is on quality , not quantity. While quantity is of course important , quality must remain the highest priority .
[C or U] a large amount or number of something: Poorer people can't afford to bulk buy and save by purchasing in quantity. The sheer quantity of detail makes the book a valuable tool .a quantity of sth Officers seized computer equipment as well as a quantity of cash and drugs in the raids .
→ See also bill of quantities, economic order quantity, equilibrium quantity
(Definition of quantity noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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