[ soo-bi-tahyz ]
/ ˈsu bɪˌtaɪz /

verb (used without object), su·bi·tized, su·bi·tiz·ing. Psychology.

to perceive at a glance the number of items presented, the limit for humans being about seven.
Also especially British, su·bi·tise.

Origin of subitize

1949; < Latin subit(us) sudden or Late Latin subit(āre) to appear suddenly (see subito) + -ize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for subitize



/ (ˈsʌbɪˌtaɪz) /


psychol to perceive the number of (a group of items) at a glance and without countingthe maximum number of items that can be subitized is about five

Word Origin for subitize

C20: from Latin subitus sudden + -ize
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