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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: quantité, from Latin quantitas, from quantus 'how much'

quantity

noun
     
quan‧ti‧ty S3 W2 plural quantities
1 [uncountable and countable] an amount of something that can be counted or measured
quantity of
The police also found a quantity of ammunition in the flat.
Add 50 grams of butter, and the same quantity of sugar.
a large/small/vast etc quantity of something
He had consumed a large quantity of alcohol.
Huge quantities of oil were spilling into the sea.
in large/small/sufficient etc quantities
Buy vegetables in small quantities, for your immediate use.
Your work has improved in quantity and quality this term.
! Do not say 'a big quantity'. Say a large quantity.
2 [uncountable] the large amount of something:
The sheer quantity of text meant that people did not read the whole of their newspaper.
3

in quantity

in large amounts:
It's a lot cheaper if you buy it in quantity.

➔ be an unknown quantity

at unknown1 (4)

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