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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-1 + 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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  • But we cannot enumerate a tithe of the masterpieces of the British Encyclopædia.

  • He began to enumerate some of the things Keziah had told concerning the Hammond family.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The reason, or rather reasons, for my enthusiasm I will now enumerate.

  • One needs but to stop to enumerate the changes to realize how great this break was.

    The Negro Farmer Carl Kelsey
  • You enumerate one by one all the ingredients, and you disparage the total.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • enumerate all its charms and still there is something missing in your catalogue.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
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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