Meaning of “statistic” in the English Dictionary

"statistic" in British English

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statisticnoun

uk /stəˈtɪs.tɪk/ us /stəˈtɪs.tɪk/
statistics

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  • He has all the latest statistics at his fingertips.
  • It's difficult to interpret these statistics without knowing how they were obtained.
  • The opposition leader accused government ministers of manipulating the statistics to suit themselves.
  • The statistics reflect a change in people's spending habits.
  • According to official statistics, the Japanese work longer hours than workers in most other industrialized countries.

B2 [ plural ] informal stats, information based on a study of the number of times something happens or is present, or other numerical facts:

Statistics show/suggest that women live longer than men.
According to official statistics, the Japanese work longer hours than workers in most other industrialized countries.

C1 [ C ] a fact in the form of a number that shows information about something:

The city's most shocking statistic is its high infant mortality rate.

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

"statistic" in American English

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statisticnoun [ C ]

us /stəˈtɪs·tɪk/

a single number in a range of statistics:

The city’s most shocking statistic is its infant mortality rate.

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

"statistic" in Business English

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statisticnoun

uk /stəˈtɪstɪk/ us

[ S ] a fact or piece of information that is shown by a number:

The euro area's economic slowdown was confirmed by another statistic.
The most interesting statistic is that the average time on the site is 14 minutes.
statistics

[ plural ] also informal stats numbers that give information about a particular situation or event:

crime/employment/economic statistics The latest employment statistics portray California as only narrowly avoiding a recession.
government/federal/official statistics Government statistics released yesterday painted a hopeful picture of the labour market.
statistics show/indicate/suggest sth The current statistics show prices have heated up strongly this year.

[ U ] the science of collecting and studying numbers that give information about particular situations or events:

Allan has an MSc in statistics from University College London.
not just/only a statistic

used to emphasize that a number represents a real person or problem that we should care about:

1 in 7 Americans being without health insurance is not just a statistic, it's a tragedy.

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