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English definition of “number”

number

noun [C/U] (AMOUNT)   /ˈnʌm·bər/
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. A number of things is several of them: [U] There were a number of causes for the accident . Any number of things is a lot of them: [U] He’d already heard any number of excuses .
(Definition of number noun (AMOUNT) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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