Meaning of “forty” in the English Dictionary

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"forty" in British English

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uk /ˈfɔː.ti/ us /ˈfɔːr.t̬i/

A2 the number 40:

thirty-nine, forty, forty-one
He looks about forty.

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  • I think she gets about forty thousand pounds a year.
  • She swims forty lengths a day.
  • She was a successful banker by the time she was forty.
  • The report notes that forty percent of lawyers entering the profession are women.
  • The average person in the street is a lot better off than they were forty years ago.

(Definition of “forty” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"forty" in American English

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us /ˈfɔr·t̬i/


Forty children have signed up for the trip.
a forty-gallon tank

(Definition of “forty” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)