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.
- e·nu·mer·a·tive [ih-noo-muh-rey-tiv, -mer-uh-, ih-nyoo-], /ɪˈnu məˌreɪ tɪv, -mər ə-, ɪˈnyu-/, adjective
- e·nu·mer·a·tor, noun
- non·e·nu·mer·a·tive, adjective
- pre·e·nu·mer·ate, verb (used with object), pre·e·nu·mer·at·ed, pre·e·nu·mer·at·ing.
- re·e·nu·mer·ate, verb (used with object), re·e·nu·mer·at·ed, re·e·nu·mer·at·ing.
- un·e·nu·mer·a·tive, adjective
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How to use enumerate in a sentence
We handed him a packet enumerating our observations and ideas.American Schools Are Failing to Equip Students With Racial Literacy—And We've Seen Firsthand How It Happens | Priya Vulchi | August 13, 2021 | Time
Her reporting uncovered people who not only hear what trees have to say, but can enumerate essential roles of wooded areas as homes for other plants and animals, including humans.Tasking trees with averting the climate crisis is a big ask | Nancy Shute | July 3, 2021 | Science News
A legal document his attorneys submitted to the California Supreme Court enumerates various frustrations.The American parole system is an endless trap — and a moral outrage | Jennifer Miller | May 24, 2021 | Washington Post
The once-in-a-decade project of enumerating every person in every household in the country inevitably results in some being missed and some being counted more than once.Will Americans be able to trust the results of the 2020 Census? | Tara Bahrampour | April 22, 2021 | Washington Post
“Word gets out quickly,” said Larry Cartwright, who compiles the District’s annual Christmas bird count, when birders from all over identify and enumerate as many birds as they can see.Catch me if you can: An unlikely hummingbird is banded at a Virginia park | John Kelly | January 18, 2021 | Washington Post
For reasons Lehman may someday wish to enumerate, he and Hitchcock had a falling out.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Mustafa then proceeded to enumerate five factors that he believed are contributing to the prevailing despair.The Rise Of Palestinian Non-Violent Resistance: A Conversation With Mustafa Barghouti | Raja Shehadeh | March 7, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He called Asali a “visionary” and “trail blazer” and went on to enumerate a list of US politicians who have had dinner with ATFP.
The meeting wound down forlornly, with Obama attempting to enumerate issues that the two sides had in common.
The two passages enumerate the scales in a slightly different manner.The Modes of Ancient Greek Music | David Binning Monro
It would be difficult to enumerate the many thoughts suggested by these words; each person has his own idea of wasting time.English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
Time would fail us to enumerate the various objects and acts of typical service which were all fulfilled in Him.Separation and Service | James Hudson Taylor
Because he knows how to enumerate; which indeed he knows if he know the number, and this he can know only if the number exist.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3 | Plotinos (Plotinus)
On many accounts your station is critical; I shall enumerate only a few.Journal and Letters of Philip Vickers Fithian: A Plantation Tutor of the Old Dominion, 1773-1774. | Philip Vickers Fithian
British Dictionary definitions for enumerate
(tr) to mention separately or in order; name one by one; list
(tr) to determine the number of; count
Canadian to compile or enter (a name or names) in a voting list for an area
- enumerable, adjective
- enumeration, noun
- enumerative, adjective
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