Definition of enumerate in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Mention (a number of things) one by one.

    ‘there is not space to enumerate all his works’
    • ‘You've got small numbers of banks in geographic locations where the geographic locations are enumerated or identifiable because of the email addresses.’
    • ‘Its offences are so grievous, so numerous, they require nothing less than this list to enumerate them.’
    • ‘The list enumerating the not-so-good effects of the visto - and of the other lines it comes to represent - can be drawn from many parts of the novel.’
    • ‘Similarly, in the chapter on opera buffa's social reversals, the author enumerates a number of later contributions in a footnote, but she does not incorporate them into her discussion.’
    • ‘There's hardly the space here to enumerate in detail the ways the bias shows itself.’
    • ‘They enumerated a number of simple needs like places to shower, do laundry, and sleep safely when they were exhausted.’
    • ‘I would need more fingers and toes than I have to enumerate the number of people who contacted me to say ‘well done’ on going so forcefully public on the matter.’
    • ‘A partial list of benefits is enumerated in Table 3.’
    • ‘Far more revealing are lists that enumerate every expedition, give the names of their commanders and the ships involved, and sometimes provide additional useful information.’
    • ‘As the constitutions of the newly independent American states were drafted in 1776, bills of rights enumerating specific rights were directly incorporated therein, even, as for Virginia, making up its first part.’
    • ‘They were exchanging views in Cantonese while enumerating the names of my baby's organs in English.’
    • ‘I could enumerate the problems, list my doubts, but that might make 'em sharp and enduring as diamonds, treacherous as banana skin.’
    • ‘What place does history have in this cabinet of curiosities and the catalogue that enumerates its holdings?’
    • ‘He enumerates a number of issues he was close to or worked on when in government, including Coronation Hill, Shoalwater Bay, stopping food irradiation.’
    • ‘One list, with 34 names, enumerates mosques that now serve a different purpose: most were turned into synagogues or museums, a few became residences or storerooms, at least two are cafes, and one became a cowshed.’
    • ‘The press release announcing his initiative mentioned accelerators and enumerated various installations in American university laboratories.’
    • ‘He then enumerates a number of factual and political inconsistencies in the events surrounding Hassan's abduction.’
    • ‘Thompson enumerates a number of the strategies of domination, including legitimation, dissimulation, unification, fragmentation, and reification.’
    • ‘A monthly newsletter keeps everyone up-to-date, and a list is passed around enumerating the 12 most-asked questions and how they're to be answered.’
    • ‘For their part, the miners enumerate the number of jobs the industry provides.’
    list, itemize, catalogue, set out, set forth, give
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    1. 1.1formal Establish the number of.
      ‘the 2000 census enumerated 10,493 households in the county’
      • ‘In 1880, the city directory enumerated a total of 1,042 saloons, with 6.72 saloons per 1,000 individuals.’
      • ‘There was no attempt to enumerate the number of students in these subgroups because the small numbers would not have provided a statistically significant sample.’
      • ‘This was further examined by enumerating the number of eosinophils that accumulated around the airways of the allergen-challenged animals.’
      • ‘If precipitate interfered with the operation of the system, counts were enumerated manually.’
      • ‘These data do not simply enumerate a direct count of the recombination events, but have the advantage of reflecting the evolutionary process.’
      calculate, compute, count, add up, sum up, tally, total, number, put a figure on, quantify
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Early 17th century: from Latin enumerat- ‘counted out’, from the verb enumerare, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + numerus ‘number’.