quantity

quantity
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W2S3 [ˈkwɔntıti US ˈkwa:n-] n plural quantities
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: quantité, from Latin quantitas, from quantus 'how much']
1.) [U and C]
an amount of something that can be counted or measured
quantity of
The police also found a quantity of ammunition in the flat.
Add 50 grams of butter, and the same quantity of sugar.
a large/small/vast etc quantity of sth
He had consumed a large quantity of alcohol.
Huge quantities of oil were spilling into the sea.
in large/small/sufficient etc quantities
Buy vegetables in small quantities, for your immediate use.
Your work has improved in quantity and quality this term.
2.) [U]
the large amount of something
The sheer quantity of text meant that people did not read the whole of their newspaper.
3.) in quantity
in large amounts
It's a lot cheaper if you buy it in quantity .
be an unknown quantity atunknown1 (4)
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HINT sense 1
Do not say 'a big quantity'. Say a large quantity.
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