Meaning of QUANTITY in English


quan ‧ ti ‧ ty S3 W2 /ˈkwɒntəti, ˈkwɒntɪti $ ˈkwɑːn-/ BrE AmE noun ( plural quantities )

[ Date: 1200-1300 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: quantité , from Latin quantitas , from quantus 'how much' ]

1 . [uncountable and countable] an amount of something that can be counted or measured

quantity of

The police also found a quantity of ammunition in the flat.

Add 50 grams of butter, and the same quantity of sugar.

a large/small/vast etc quantity of something

He had consumed a large quantity of alcohol.

Huge quantities of oil were spilling into the sea.

in large/small/sufficient etc quantities

Buy vegetables in small quantities, for your immediate use.

Your work has improved in quantity and quality this term.

► Do not say ‘a big quantity’. Say a large quantity.

2 . [uncountable] the large amount of something:

The sheer quantity of text meant that people did not read the whole of their newspaper.

3 . in quantity in large amounts:

It’s a lot cheaper if you buy it in quantity.

⇨ be an unknown quantity at ↑ unknown 1 (4)

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■ adjectives

▪ a large quantity

A large quantity of clothing was stolen from the shop.

▪ a great quantity (=more formal than 'large')

The Romans imported a great quantity of sculpture from Greece.

▪ a vast/huge/enormous quantity

Computers can handle vast quantities of data.

▪ a considerable/substantial quantity (=a large or fairly large amount)

Dolphins need to eat considerable quantities of food.

▪ a sufficient quantity (=enough)

How did they obtain sufficient quantities of food to survive?

▪ a small quantity

Remove a small quantity of butter from the fridge.

▪ a tiny quantity (=very small)

This truly great wine is only made in tiny quantities.

▪ a minute quantity (=extremely small)

The rock contains minute quantities of copper.

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▪ amount how much of something there is:

Try to reduce the amount of fat in your diet.


a tiny amount of poison

▪ quantity a particular amount of food, liquid, or another substance that can be measured – used especially in written descriptions and instructions:

Make sure that you add the right quantity of milk.


They buy the wood in large quantities.

▪ volume the amount of something such as business activity or traffic, especially when this is large or increasing:

The volume of traffic on our roads has risen sharply.


the huge volume of trade with China

▪ level the exact amount of something at one time, which can go up or down at other times:

They measured the level of alcohol in his blood.


There is a high level of unemployment.

▪ proportion the amount of something, compared with the whole amount that exists:

the proportion of road accidents caused by drunk drivers


A high proportion of the students were from poor families.

▪ quota a maximum amount of something that can be produced, sold, brought into a country etc:

import quotas on Japanese cars

▪ yield /jiːld/ the amount of something that is produced, especially crops:

this year’s cotton yield

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