Definition of quantify in English:



[with object]
  • 1Express or measure the quantity of.

    ‘it is impossible to quantify the extent of the black economy’
    • ‘These measures enabled researchers to quantify each individual act of violence in each film.’
    • ‘Some very smart people have worked on ways to get around these problems or at least to quantify them carefully.’
    • ‘At present we are still quantifying our position but under the terms of our fraud insurance policy are hereby advising you of a potential claim.’
    • ‘Can we really quantify costs in such a rigorous way, for the world as a whole and for a century or more hence?’
    • ‘This will enable us to determine whether our reuse/recycling business processes can be quantified in monetary terms.’
    • ‘Throughout the whole study, seed desiccation tolerance was quantified both in terms of water content and water activity.’
    • ‘In reality, this argument needs to be taken one step even further, so that some ‘real’ measure of function is quantified.’
    • ‘On investigation, it turns out that those are the only two targets that are actually quantified and measurable.’
    • ‘And while it is easy to quantify the cost so far, it is much harder to work out how big an impact it will have in future.’
    • ‘The fitness component of phage growth rate was measured to quantify this phenomenon.’
    • ‘Fluorescence was quantified in terms of average pixel intensity.’
    • ‘Surface exposure is often quantified using a measure of accessibility of a residue side chain to a solvent molecule.’
    • ‘IMG said it wasn't possible to quantify the extent of the damage for this year but it said it expected to still to be profitable and generate cash.’
    • ‘Vega, our fourth and final risk measure, quantifies risk exposure to implied volatility changes.’
    • ‘Social capital is also appropriate because it can be measured and quantified.’
    • ‘Further study should not only continue to highlight but also quantify the cost to society of this.’
    • ‘It is impossible to quantify the number of people involved.’
    • ‘This activation can be quantified by measurement of plasma levels of soluble markers.’
    • ‘The UN's project assumes that a price can be put on the environment and that life can be quantified and measured.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, they come up short in providing a tangible value proposition that quantifies what the product actually means to a business.’
    quantification, quantifying, computation, calculation, mensuration
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  • 2Logic
    Define the application of (a term or proposition) by the use of all, some, etc., e.g. ‘for all x if x is A then x is B’.

    • ‘Another variable related to set names or actions is whether the number quantifying a set precedes or follows it.’
    • ‘A statement that quantifies a variable need not necessarily give the set from which the variable is to be taken.’
    fixed, settled, specified, quantified, established, defined, explicit, known, determined, definitive, conclusive, express, precise, final, ultimate, absolute, categorical, positive, definite
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Mid 16th century: from medieval Latin quantificare, from Latin quantus ‘how much’.