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Can you read the numbers on the chart?
large numbers like 250,000
As a tennis player, she was rated number one (=the best) in the country.
The local trains will be arriving at platform number 4.
Her flat number is 16C.
Your account number is printed on every cheque.
In order to get a job, you have to have a Social Security number.
a small number of shops
increasing numbers of drivers
This brings the total number of children to 12.
show-stopping numbers from Broadway musicals
She was wearing a little black number (=dress or outfit).
a recent number of a football magazine
back numbers (=old copies) of the Guardian
If the subject is plural, the verb has to be in the plural number.
She's written any number of good stories.
There could be any number of reasons why he's not at home.
In the army, you learn to do things by the numbers.
The reviewers really did a number on that film.
I've got your number – don't think you can fool me.
Some of our number have had doubts about this.
When the brakes failed, I thought my number was up.
A number of students (=more than a few, but not many) have part-time jobs.
We've met on a number of occasions.
Quite a number of paintings (=many paintings) have been sold.
I don't need an exact figure. Just tell me what it will cost in round numbers.
This is the British English definition of number. View American English definition of number.