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[ih-noo-muh-reyt, ih-nyoo-] /ɪˈnu məˌreɪt, ɪˈnyu-/
verb (used with object), enumerated, enumerating.
to mention separately as if in counting; name one by one; specify, as in a list:
Let me enumerate the many flaws in your hypothesis.
to ascertain the number of; count.
Origin of enumerate
1640-50; < Latin ēnumerātus (past participle of ēnumerāre), equivalent to ē- -e + numer(us) number + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
[ih-noo-muh-rey-tiv, -mer-uh-, ih-nyoo-] /ɪˈnu məˌreɪ tɪv, -mər ə-, ɪˈnyu-/ (Show IPA),
enumerator, noun
nonenumerated, adjective
nonenumerative, adjective
preenumerate, verb (used with object), preenumerated, preenumerating.
reenumerate, verb (used with object), reenumerated, reenumerating.
unenumerated, adjective
unenumerative, adjective
well-enumerated, adjective
1. recapitulate, recount. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for enumerate
  • The homemade desserts are almost too many to enumerate.
  • At root, it is enumerate and unscientific.
  • If it didn't take a master to enumerate all the qualitative characteristics of a painting, there would be far more masterpieces.
  • The contradictions are easy to enumerate, less so to reconcile.
  • We can all enumerate the many differences between a natural catastrophe and a terrorist attack.
  • Since the census began, the government has attempted to enumerate citizens in terms of the important categories of the period.
  • He must articulate his demand succinctly, that is, he must enumerate briefly and clearly the facts he desires to prove.
  • They enumerate the selective destruction of keepsakes once treasured by people who are no longer alive.
  • He would enumerate and draw the many differences.
  • The authors enumerate five “wrong turns” that they say nations are prone to make amid economic crises.
British Dictionary definitions for enumerate


(transitive) to mention separately or in order; name one by one; list
(transitive) to determine the number of; count
(Canadian) to compile or enter (a name or names) in a voting list for an area
Derived Forms
enumerable, adjective
enumeration, noun
enumerative, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ēnumerāre, from numerāre to count, reckon; see number
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Word Origin and History for enumerate

1610s, from or modeled on Latin enumeratus, past participle of enumerare (see enumeration). Middle English had annumerate (early 15c.). Related: Enumerated; enumerating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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