Definition of Social Security number in English:

Social Security number

(also SSN)

noun

  • (in the US) a number in the format 000-00-0000, unique for each individual, used to track Social Security benefits and for other identification purposes.

    • ‘For example, schools and pediatric offices routinely request children's Social Security numbers for registration purposes.’
    • ‘The targets of the calls were told they were not registered to vote and that they could ensure registration by supplying their Social Security numbers and other personal information.’
    • ‘Legislators are proposing state bills to keep Social Security numbers and other financial data private.’
    • ‘When you claim a dependent, you're required to list the individual's Social Security number on your tax return.’
    • ‘Discourage your bank from using the last four digits of your Social Security number as your personal identification number.’
    • ‘He wants his clients to know he's guarding their salary, Social Security numbers and property information and will not send their tax returns to be processed in another country.’
    • ‘But your Social Security number absolutely identifies you.’
    • ‘The crimes they were accused of were committed by phantoms - identity thieves, who have stolen their names, Social Security numbers, addresses and telephone numbers.’
    • ‘Information used in identity theft, including Social Security numbers and dates of birth, was not stored with the credit card accounts.’
    • ‘And we do know that our information, our personal information, our Social Security numbers, our tax history, all kinds of things, are held in literally thousands of places.’
    • ‘In other words, potential employees with Social Security numbers, bank accounts and driver's license give an employer little reason to question their legal status.’
    • ‘I'm not opposed to a government-sponsored program that assists legal citizens who have Social Security numbers to try to find work.’
    • ‘Don't give out personal identifying information like your Social Security number, driver's license number or bank account number.’
    • ‘If they answer a painstakingly forged form, their credit card, personal identification, and Social Security numbers go straight to identity thieves, many of them in foreign countries.’
    • ‘It delivers a guaranteed benefit check in my name every month and is identified by my personal Social Security number.’
    • ‘The appliance would block out names, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, and other identifying information.’
    • ‘In early 2003, IBM asked all its 150 health insurance providers to stop using the Social Security number as an identifier.’
    • ‘The New York Department of Motor Vehicles has launched a crackdown on people using fake Social Security numbers to obtain New York State driver's licenses.’
    • ‘Don't give out your Social Security number as a form of identification.’
    • ‘Hospitals want to use common-sense methods of identifying cases eligible for reimbursement - for example, counting all indigent patients who give invalid Social Security numbers.’

Pronunciation:

Social Security number

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