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[kwon-tuh-fahy] /ˈkwɒn təˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), quantified, quantifying.
to determine, indicate, or express the quantity of.
Logic. to make explicit the quantity of (a proposition).
to give quantity to (something regarded as having only quality).
Origin of quantify
1830-40; < Medieval Latin quantificāre, equivalent to Latin quant(us) how much + -ificāre -ify
Related forms
quantifiable, adjective
quantifiably, adverb
quantification, noun
nonquantifiable, adjective
unquantifiable, adjective
unquantified, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for quantified
  • It says that economic risk cannot be quantified so easily as modern finance theory presumes.
  • The effects of oceanic noise pollution are still being quantified.
  • Genius was precisely what could never be quantified.
  • Good teaching can't be quantified at the college level.
  • Some people, of course, would quarrel with the notion that literary merit can be quantified.
  • The pretension that such information can be quantified has the value of a postulate and no more than that.
  • When such tenets are quantified, the contrast between true and false stands out sharply.
  • It seems to me that every aspect of quantum events are precisely quantified.
  • Well, researchers have quantified the financial benefit of the cameras in one city.
  • Many people think the anthropogenic warming can't be quantified, many others think it must be an insignificant amount.
British Dictionary definitions for quantified


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to discover or express the quantity of
(logic) to specify the quantity of (a term) by using a quantifier, such as all, some, or no
Derived Forms
quantifiable, adjective
quantification, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Medieval Latin quantificāre, from Latin quantus how much + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for quantified



1840, from Medieval Latin quantificare, from Latin quantus "as much," correlative pronomial adjective (see quantity) + facere "to make" (see factitious). Literal sense of "determine the quantity of, measure" is from 1878. Related: Quantified; quantifying.

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