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Topic: BUSINESS

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: quartier, from Latin quartarius, from quartus 'fourth'

quarter

1 noun
     
quar‧ter1 S1 W2 [countable]
1

amount

one of four equal parts into which something can be divided [↪ half, third]
a/one quarter (of something)
a quarter of a mile
roughly one quarter of the city's population
It's about a page and a quarter.
three quarters (of something) (=75%)
three quarters of a million pounds
the first/second etc quarter
in the last quarter of the 19th century
Cut the cake into quarters.
! Say a quarter of something, not 'quarter of' something.
2

part of an hour

TMCTMC a period of 15 minutes:
I'll meet you in a quarter of an hour.
She arrived three quarters of an hour (=45 minutes) late.
(a) quarter to (something) also (a) quarter of (something) American English (=15 minutes before the hour)
It's a quarter of two.
(a) quarter past (something) British English also (a) quarter after (something) American English (=15 minutes after the hour)
I'll meet you at a quarter past ten.
3

money

PEC a coin used in the US and Canada worth 25 cents
4

three months

BTMC a period of three months, used especially when discussing business and financial matters
the first/second/third/fourth quarter
The company's profits rose by 11% in the first quarter of the year.
Our database is updated every quarter.
quarterly (1)
5

sport

one of the four equal periods of time into which games of some sports are divided
the first/second/third/fourth quarter
The home side took the lead in the second quarter.
6

part of a city

[usually singular] an area of a town:
I found a small flat in the student quarter.
Granada's ancient Arab quarter
a historic quarter of the city
7

home

quarters

[plural]DHPM the rooms that are given to someone to live in as part of their job, especially servants or soldiers:
The top floor provided living quarters for the kitchen staff.
Most of the officers live in married quarters (=houses where soldiers live with their wives).
8

college

American EnglishSEC one of the four periods into which a year at school or college is divided, continuing for 10 to 12 weeks [↪ semester]:
What classes are you taking this quarter?
9

moon

HATMC the period of time twice a month when you can see a quarter of the moon's surface
10

in/from ... quarters

among or from different groups of people:
Offers of financial help came from several quarters.
Doubts were expressed in many quarters.
11

all quarters of the Earth/globe

literary everywhere in the world
12

give/receive no quarter

literaryPM if someone gives no quarter, they do not show any pity or gentleness when dealing with someone, especially an enemy:
It was a fight to the death, with no quarter given.

➔ at close quarters

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