Meaning of “quarter” in the English Dictionary

"quarter" in British English

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quarternoun

uk /ˈkwɔː.tər/ us /ˈkwɑː.t̬ɚ/

quarter noun (FOURTH PART)

A2 [ C ] one of four equal or almost equal parts of something; ¼:

He cut the orange into quarters.
Under a quarter of people questioned said that they were happily married.
My house is situated a mile and three-quarters from here.
a quarter of an hour

15 minutes:

I waited a quarter of an hour and then went home.
I was there three-quarters of an hour.
an hour and three-quarters
a quarter to two, three, etc. A1 also US a quarter of two, three, etc.

15 minutes before two, three, etc.:

It was a quarter to six when I left.
a quarter past two, three, etc. A1 also US a quarter after two, three, etc.

15 minutes after two, three, etc.:

I'll meet you at a quarter past five.

[ C ] one of four periods of time into which a year is divided for financial calculations, such as for profits or taxes:

There was a fall in unemployment in the second quarter of the year.
I get an electricity bill every quarter.

[ C ] one of four periods in a game of American football and other ball sports

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quarter noun (AREA)

C2 [ C ] an area of a town where a particular group of people live or work or where a particular activity happens:

This is the bustling commercial quarter of the city.

quarter noun (PEOPLE)

[ C ] one or more people who provide help, information, or a particular reaction to something but who are not usually named:

Help came from an unexpected quarter.
There is a feeling in certain/some quarters (= some people consider) that a change is needed.

quarter noun (PLACE TO LIVE)

quarters [ plural ]

a room or house that has been provided, especially for servants or soldiers and their families, to live in:

The army's married quarters are just outside the town.

[ C ] Indian English a house or other place to live that has been provided by a company for an employee

quarter noun (FORGIVENESS)

[ U ] literary the fact of being kind towards or forgiving an enemy or opponent:

We can expect no quarter from our enemies.
He gave no quarter to anyone that disappointed him.

quarterverb

uk /ˈkwɔː.tər/ us /ˈkwɑː.t̬ɚ/

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

"quarter" in American English

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quarternoun [ C ]

us /ˈkwɔr·t̬ər/

quarter noun [ C ] (FOURTH PART)

one of four equal or almost equal parts of something:

My house is one and three-quarter miles/a mile and three-quarters from here.

A quarter of/to the hour means 15 minutes before the stated hour:

It’s a quarter to three.

A quarter past/after the hour means 15 minutes after the stated hour:

I’ll meet you at a quarter past five.

A quarter is one of four equal or nearly equal periods of time into which an activity is divided:

Many universities divide the school year into quarters rather than two semesters.

quarter noun [ C ] (MONEY)

in the US and Canada, a coin worth 25 cents

quarter noun [ C ] (AREA)

an area of a city or place having a special history or character:

We stayed in the French Quarter in New Orleans.

quarterverb [ T ]

us /ˈkwɔr·t̬ər/

quarter verb [ T ] (DIVIDE INTO FOUR)

to divide something into four pieces of approximately the same size:

Peel and quarter the tomatoes and put them in the stew.

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

"quarter" in Business English

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quarternoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkwɔːtər/ us abbreviation Q, abbreviation qtr

FINANCE, ACCOUNTING a period of three months in a company's financial year:

Sales have climbed significantly each quarter.
Unquoted companies accounted for 23% of assets at the end of the last quarter.
first/second/third quarter The fall was 8% in the first quarter and only 2% in the second.

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