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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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  • They are experts in terrorism insurance, striving to make their models quantify the threat to commercial interests.
  • Throughout the day, the city struggled to quantify the wholesale carnage visited upon it on a beautiful late-summer's morning.
  • Oddly, however, few people have bothered to try to quantify the reasons why.
  • Such social benefits may be even harder to quantify than energy savings.
  • The placebo effect is notoriously difficult to quantify.
  • Strictly speaking, the project will try to quantify the financial value of corporate ethics and compliance programs.
  • Higher education's goals and outputs are notoriously difficult to quantify.
  • Electricity theft-revenues lost from illegal connections, unbilled consumption, and non-payment-is difficult to quantify.
  • It does not quantify foods as clearly as the pyramid.
  • Scientists quantify radiation received by people with a unit called a rem.
British Dictionary definitions for quantify


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 quantify

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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quantify in Technology

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