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Definition of math in English:
math
noun
North AmericanMathematics.
‘she teaches math and science’- ‘We had started some math and they took to it as quickly as they had words and letters.’
- ‘It's not giving the kids much of a break if everything has to teach them about tolerance or math.’
- ‘In fact, it looked as though he had forgotten how to do math altogether.’
- ‘Students in math know that the essence of the subject lies in theorems and proofs.’
- ‘You had to know the length of your title and then do some math to get you to the right place to start.’
- ‘I think my sensibilities were running more towards arts and humanities than math and science.’
- ‘The math is dumbed down a bit as is necessary for a mass market book like this.’
- ‘This philosopher made a name for himself by using math to solve science hundreds of years ago.’
- ‘If you can add and know the difference between a one and a zero, you can do binary math.’
- ‘At my hotel, a professor came every morning to teach math and reading skills to the workers.’
- ‘During the day my mind was occupied with thoughts of math, literature, English, and history.’
- ‘He has also complained that they've kept him from teaching math to his fellow inmates.’
- ‘He always came top of the class in math so I thought he would be useful for once.’
- ‘Also, it was said that the review recommended that math and physics come together a bit.’
- ‘It was the first time in my life that I understood why people are terrified of math.’
- ‘This brings me to my next point, which is how highly treasured math and science are.’
- ‘More undergraduates need to be motivated to specialize in math or the sciences.’
- ‘It was laborious and tedious and horrible, but it got me interested in math.’
- ‘Do various science or math theories belong, at all, in the world of literary criticism?’
- ‘I chuckle and look back to where my ancestors, several hundred years ago, began learning to do math.’
arithmetical problem, problem, calculation, reckoning, tally, questionView synonyms
Phrases
do the math
informal often in imperativeMake a calculation or come to a conclusion based on the relevant facts and figures, typically with the implication that the result is or should be obvious.
‘diesel prices in my area are approximately 7% more than regular gas, but the mileage is over 20% greater—do the math’‘did closing thirty beds hurt emergency waiting times? You do the math!’- ‘Since the first film in this series was pretty bad, well, I think you can do the math.’
- ‘Many companies pay lip service to the notion that employees are their most valuable assets, but few have actually done the math.’
- ‘So do the math before committing your college savings to a plan that's going to fritter away your tax benefits.’
- ‘I did the math on cable once when I moved, and figured I'd be paying about $10 a show, so I never bothered to get it hooked up.’
- ‘We got a couple hundred boxes per show, and we played 200 shows a year, so do the math!’
- ‘Six kids, one bathroom—you do the math.’
- ‘Spooner did the math, figured he would lose money on anything more than 3 cents a click, and declined the offer.’
- ‘The whole thing's smelly already, I think the people can do the math, don't you?’
- ‘If you do the math, you can see it was hardly risky at all.’
- ‘Because we've done the math on this before, we'll leave it alone and assume that the president is counting on a huge surge in revenues.’
Origin
Mid 19th century: abbreviation.
Pronunciation
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