Origin of quantify
1830–40; < Medieval Latin quantificāre, equivalent to Latin quant(us) how much + -ificāre -ify
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Examples from the Web for quantify
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He came back, and within years, Dutch East India was doing business, because they could then quantify the risk.
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The degree of illiteracy is difficult to quantify, but the result is easy to notice.
They quantify economic expectations, legal provisions, and tax consequences.
- 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
C19: from Medieval Latin quantificāre, from Latin quantus how much + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for quantify
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