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[ih-noo-muh-reyt, ih-nyoo-]
verb (used with object), e·nu·mer·at·ed, e·nu·mer·at·ing.
  1. 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.
  2. to ascertain the number of; count.
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Origin of enumerate

1640–50; < Latin ēnumerātus (past participle of ēnumerāre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + numer(us) number + -ātus -ate1
Related formse·nu·mer·a·tive [ih-noo-muh-rey-tiv, -mer-uh-, ih-nyoo-] /ɪˈnu məˌreɪ tɪv, -mər ə-, ɪˈnyu-/, adjectivee·nu·mer·a·tor, nounnon·e·nu·mer·at·ed, adjectivenon·e·nu·mer·a·tive, adjectivepre·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·at·ed, adjectiveun·e·nu·mer·a·tive, adjectivewell-e·nu·mer·at·ed, adjective


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Examples from the Web for enumerator

Historical Examples

  • Enumerator at a doorway, entering in his portfolio the details of a household.

    The Boy With the U.S. Census

    Francis Rolt-Wheeler

  • "It's the enumerator from the district of Chandler," answered Hamilton.

    The Boy With the U.S. Census

    Francis Rolt-Wheeler

  • He writes quite rapidly, and in his work as enumerator takes an average of 200 names a day.

  • These names were taken by the enumerator, who verified the record as the bodies were carried through the gate.

  • Enumerator on a schooner skirting the icy shores of the glacier-fed waters of the Behring Sea.

    The Boy With the U.S. Census

    Francis Rolt-Wheeler

British Dictionary definitions for enumerator


  1. a person or thing that enumerates
  2. Canadian a person who compiles the voting list for an area
  3. British a person who issues and retrieves forms during a census of population
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  1. (tr) to mention separately or in order; name one by one; list
  2. (tr) to determine the number of; count
  3. Canadian to compile or enter (a name or names) in a voting list for an area
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Derived Formsenumerable, adjectiveenumeration, nounenumerative, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin ēnumerāre, from numerāre to count, reckon; see number
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Word Origin and History for enumerator



1610s, from or modeled on Latin enumeratus, past participle of enumerare (see enumeration). Middle English had annumerate (early 15c.). Related: Enumerated; enumerating.

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