Definition of million in US English:


cardinal number

a/one million
  • 1The number equivalent to the product of a thousand and a thousand; 1,000,000 or 10⁶

    ‘a million people will benefit’
    ‘a population of half a million’
    ‘a cost of more than $20 million’
    • ‘In this way, it is estimated that some half a million people will be pushed off benefits.’
    • ‘Last year more than half a million homes were left empty for at least a month at a time.’
    • ‘Nearly half a million people could benefit from a new scheme aimed at reducing hospital waiting lists.’
    • ‘Prehistory spans an almost inconceivably long time, perhaps as much as half a million years.’
    • ‘The total figures might have reached ten million by the end of the past century.’
    • ‘One radar sweep covers 6 million cubic miles.’
    • ‘Experts say this could rise to six million barrels a day within five years with the right investment and control.’
    • ‘Last year the centre attracted a million visitors, half of whom visited the library.’
    • ‘As a result, the album was a relative flop, failing to sell even one million copies.’
    • ‘The United Nations currently estimates that half a million people have so far been displaced.’
    • ‘Organisers countered by claiming that at least half a million people joined the demo.’
    • ‘Nearly half a million metric tonnes of cereal food aid is needed over the next six months.’
    • ‘Electoral officials in Ohio say they have recorded half a million new voters since March.’
    • ‘About half a million Dominicans live in New York, making it one of its largest immigrant groups.’
    • ‘In Yorkshire alone, nearly half a million homes are at risk of low demand and abandonment.’
    • ‘When up to half a million people took to the streets, there was no looting.’
    • ‘Despite the lucrative land sales, the village had only three million yuan in its accounts.’
    • ‘Between them they will buy more than a million tickets for thousands of shows.’
    • ‘More than half a million people need to go to the doctor, and a third of these end up in hospital.’
    • ‘At its peak the British auxiliary forces consisted of nearly half a million members.’
    1. 1.1millions The numbers from a million to a billion.
      • ‘From a pre-contact population in the millions, by 1900 they were reduced to a culturally destroyed remnant of 250,000.’
      • ‘Before European settlers arrived, gray wolves once roamed all over North America, their population in the millions.’
      • ‘It also includes money, in the millions and billions.’
      • ‘The report wrongly gave earnings and revenue numbers in billions rather than millions.’
    2. 1.2millions Several million things or people.
      ‘millions of TV viewers’
      • ‘A lack of aid and an abundance of problems threaten millions in Southern Africa.’
      • ‘Voice is the one application that every business uses, with millions of telephone calls being made every day.’
      • ‘To provide that level of service we would be talking about spending literally millions of pounds.’
      • ‘We had many cases that involved multiple defendants and millions of dollars of counterfeit money.’
      • ‘She realized her own experience must be multiplied by millions and wrote a guide to coping with depression on the job.’
      • ‘What parent - Morgan among them - would want their child's every misstep or embarrassment exaggerated and witnessed by millions?’
      • ‘Although the discrepancy may not look large, it is likely to represent very significant sums of money when multiplied by millions of customers.’
      • ‘Despite the abundance, there are still millions of people who go without water, or have to battle to get drips for consumption.’
      • ‘In most countries, ensuring all children improved access to basic services would require millions - not billions - of dollars.’
      • ‘It has cost that state multiple millions of dollars.’
      • ‘Liquid water is the basic requirement for life, and Earth's abundant supply supports millions of organisms.’
      • ‘All the energy built up by the twisting of the plasma is suddenly released, as if millions of atomic bombs exploded in just a few seconds.’
      • ‘Their violation costs employers multiple millions of dollars and widespread condemnation.’
      • ‘New banking providers also have to recognise, he said, that there are still millions of customers who have never used a telephone to talk to their bank.’
      • ‘He should give some thought to the millions of viewers disenfranchised by the sell-out.’
      • ‘Now multiply that by millions of students and other computer users and the problem comes into sharp focus.’
      • ‘Some in Mexico view the exodus of millions of people as an embarrassment while others as an escape valve for social unrest.’
      • ‘Its advantages are formidable: abundant cheap labor, millions of talented engineers, good infrastructure.’
      • ‘Where is the evidence of fossils being millions of years old?’
      • ‘Multiply that by millions of digital photographers and you are talking about a lot of digital information.’
      a lot of money, a fortune, a considerable sum of money, a vast sum of money, millions, billions, a king's ransom, a killing, a windfall, a bonanza
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    3. 1.3informal An unspecified but very large number or amount of something.
      ‘I've got millions of beer bottles in my cellar’
      ‘you're one in a million’
      • ‘I have a million and one things to do in the house and my motivation is still on extended vacation.’
      • ‘He points out that they often find their finished product a million miles away from the original concept.’
      • ‘Suddenly it's nearly Christmas and I still have a million and one things to do.’
      • ‘I drove a sports car about a week ago and the brakes are about a million times better than that.’
      • ‘Influenza, whose genes evolve a million times faster than ours, is a master of adaptability.’
      • ‘I have no idea where she is or what she's doing, and my mind is running at a million miles an hour.’
      • ‘You will see how my anxiety level went from zero to a million over the span of an hour.’
      a large amount, a fair amount, a good deal, a great deal, a deal, a great quantity, quantities, an abundance, a wealth, a profusion, plenty, masses
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    4. 1.4 A million dollars.
      ‘the author is set to make millions’
      • ‘I ran into a group of people who will pay big money - millions - to the person who solves their one problem.’
      • ‘There is no way any of us are going to get her an elite card, not even if we won a million on the lottery.’
      • ‘Didn't they invest a few million into the company a few years ago?’
      • ‘They stand to lose millions in revenue following the discovery of one infected cow in Alberta in May this year.’
    5. 1.5the millions The bulk of the population.
      ‘movies for the millions’
      • ‘The sense that historical fiction had sunk to the condition of adventure stories for boys, and romance for the millions, cast a blight on the genre in the 20th cent.’
      • ‘Every cent you give will go a very long way towards creating a world that is truly for the millions, not the millionaires.’


  • look (or feel)(like) a million dollars

    • informal (of a person) look or feel extremely good.

      • ‘The house will look like a million dollars when it's all done.’
      • ‘This involves sometimes dressing up to the nines, doing grand things and looking like a million dollars.’
      • ‘I felt I looked a million dollars - for the first and last time.’
      • ‘He made you feel like a million dollars when you were with him.’
      • ‘Why bother, when Milan will always end up leaving you looking like a million dollars?’
      • ‘I feel like a million dollars as we cruise towards Manhattan.’
      • ‘But I made you feel like a million dollars, didn't I?’
      • ‘However, it was great to have her present and looking a million dollars.’
      • ‘This was all built on a Mac, naturally, and it looks like a million dollars in Safari.’
      • ‘And the glorious alpine summer weather will make you feel like a million dollars.’


Late Middle English: from Old French, probably from Italian milione, from mille ‘thousand’ + the augmentative suffix -one.