Meaning of “quantity” in the English Dictionary

"quantity" in British English

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quantitynoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈkwɒn.tə.ti/ us /ˈkwɑːn.t̬ə.t̬i/

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

"quantity" in American English

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quantitynoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈkwɑn·tɪ·t̬i/

the amount or number of something, or a particular amount or number:

[ C ] a large/small quantity
[ C ] She served each of us a vast quantity of spaghetti.

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

"quantity" in Business English

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uk /ˈkwɒntəti/ us

[ 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.

(Definition of “quantity” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)