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"number" in British English

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numbernoun

uk   /ˈnʌm.bər/  us   /ˈnʌm.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.

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  • number noun (AMOUNT)

B1 [S, + sing/pl verb] an amount or total: The number of people killed in traffic 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.

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  • number noun (PARTICULAR THING)

[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.

numberverb

uk   /ˈnʌm.bər/  us   /ˈnʌm.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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"number" in American English

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numbernoun

  • number noun (SYMBOL)

 us   /ˈnʌm·bər/ [C] (plural nos.) (abbreviation no.) a unit or its symbol that forms part of a system of counting and calculating, and that represents an amount or position in a series: You can write numbers in words, such as six, seven, and eight, or with symbols, such as 6, 7, and 8.
 us   /ˈnʌm·bər/ [C] (plural nos.) (abbreviation no.) A number is also a specific set of symbols in a particular order that represent someone or something: Please write down your Social Security number.
 us   /ˈnʌm·bər/ [C] (plural nos.) (abbreviation no.) A number can also be a position in a series: We’re up to 10 – who has the next number?
  • number noun (AMOUNT)

 us   /ˈnʌm·bər/ [C/U] an amount or total: [C] A large number of tickets were sold almost immediately. [C] Large numbers of people (= A lot of people) crowded the streets. [U] Quite a number of (= Many) cases of the flu have been reported already.
 us   /ˈnʌm·bər/ [C/U] A number of things is several of them: [U] There were a number of causes for the accident.
 us   /ˈnʌm·bər/ [C/U] Any number of things is a lot of them: [U] He’d already heard any number of excuses.
  • number noun (GRAMMAR)

grammar /ˈnʌm·bər/ [U] the forms of words, esp. nouns, pronouns, and verbs, that show whether they are singular or plural
  • number noun (SONG)

 us   /ˈnʌm·bər/ [C] a song, dance, or other part in a performance: The last number she sang was a beautiful, slow ballad.

numberverb

 us   /ˈnʌm·bər/
  • number verb (GIVE A NUMBER)

[T] to give a different number to each of two or more things, esp. in a particular order: The software automatically numbers the footnotes.
  • number verb (TOTAL)

[L] to be (a total): The crowd numbered over 100,000.
(Definition of number from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"number" in Business English

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numbernoun

uk   us   /ˈnʌmbər/ ( abbreviation No.)
[C] a set of numbers that marks a particular person or thing as separate from others of the same type: account/invoice/order number Include your account number and the name of the fund in which you want to invest.contact/telephone/mobile number Please leave a contact number. a credit card/registration/identification number
[C] an amount of people or things: the number of sth The 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 number The total number of people in employment has increased by more than 234,000 (16.1%). a large/record number a 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]
FINANCE the 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 numbers Passenger 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
FINANCE to 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.
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numberverb

uk   us   /ˈnʌmbər/
[T] to give something a number in a series: Documents filed under the Act must be numbered.
[I or T] if people or things number 100, 1 million, etc., there are that number of them: At its peak, the workforce involved in building the new airport terminal numbered 50,000.number in the hundreds/thousands/millions, etc. Their fan base numbers in the tens of millions worldwide.
(Definition of number from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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