number

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noun
1 symbol/word
ADJECTIVE
three-digit, 16-digit
cardinal, ordinal
even, odd

Houses on this side of the road have even numbers.

binary, decimal
complex, imaginary, irrational, prime, rational, real, whole (mathematics)
negative, positive
random
lucky, unlucky

Many people think 13 is an unlucky number.

winning

the winning numbers in tonight's lottery

correct, right
VERB + NUMBER
calculate
add, add together, divide, multiply, subtract, take away

Add all the numbers together, divide by ten, and then take away twelve.

double, triple
crunch
enter, write, write down
pick, think of
PHRASES
in round numbers (esp. BrE)

There were about 150 there, in round numbers.

number crunching (= doing calculations)

There's more to an accountant's job than just number crunching.

2 quantity/amount
ADJECTIVE
big, high

high numbers of unemployed teachers

low
considerable, good, great, high, large, substantial, unlimited
enormous, huge, impressive, incredible, inordinate, overwhelming, staggering, unprecedented, vast
alarming
sheer
record

a record number of responses

disproportionate, surprising
fair, reasonable, significant

We've had a fair number of complaints about the new phone system.

finite, infinite

There are an infinite number of solutions to the problem.

equal

The candidates received an equal number of votes.

maximum, minimum
average, mean, median
adequate, sufficient
insufficient
limited, low, modest, small, tiny
growing, increasing, rising
increased
reduced
declining
actual, exact, precise

Many people have died in the epidemic—the precise number is not known.

certain
indefinite, unspecified
unknown
approximate
fixed, set
final, overall, total
expected
real, true
poll (AmE)
VERB + NUMBER
grow in, increase in

Factories had increased in number between the wars.

decrease in, reduce in
increase

The Pentagon increased the number of troops in Iraq to about 145 000.

double
cut, decrease, reduce
control, limit, restrict
calculate, count, determine, estimate, measure, record

Anna counted the number of men standing around outside.

NUMBER + VERB
go up, grow, increase, jump, rise
double
decline, diminish, drop, dwindle, fall, fall off

Shark numbers have dwindled as a result of hunting.

Customer numbers have fallen off in the last year.

vary
PREPOSITION
in number

The paintings, twelve in number, are over 200 years old.

number of

the number of children who wear glasses

PHRASES
a decline in numbers, a drop in numbers

The decline in numbers of young people means that fewer teachers will be needed.

a growth in numbers, an increase in numbers
few in number, limited in number, small in number

Wild dogs are now few in number.

put the number (of sth) at sth

Conference organizers put the number of attendees at around 500.

3 for identifying sb/sth
ADJECTIVE
model, serial
account, credit-card, membership, passport, PIN, reservation, social-security
ID, identification, identity
license (AmE), license plate (AmE), registration (BrE) (= of a car)
flight
page
apartment (esp. AmE), flat (BrE), house, room
VERB + NUMBER
assign sth, give sth
PREPOSITION
at number

We live at number 21.

4 telephone, etc.
ADJECTIVE
fax, phone, telephone
home, office, work
wrong

I keep getting the wrong number.

Freephone (BrE), toll-free (AmE)
daytime, evening
emergency
contact
VERB + NUMBER
call, dial, phone (esp. BrE), ring (BrE)
get
give sb
NUMBER + VERB
be busy (AmE), be engaged (BrE)
be unobtainable (BrE)
PHRASES
exchange numbers

They exchanged numbers and agreed to go out for a drink one evening.

sb's name and number
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verb
ADVERB
clearly
consecutively, sequentially
individually
PREPOSITION
according to, by

Each key is clearly numbered by room.

from, to

Number the car's features from 1 to 10 according to importance.

Number is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑workforce

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