quantify

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From Medieval Latin quantificare (introduced by Sir William Hamilton in logic)

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quantify (third-person singular simple present quantifies, present participle quantifying, simple past and past participle quantified)

  1. To assign a quantity to.
  2. To determine the value of (a variable or expression).
    • 2012 January 1, Robert M. Pringle, “How to Be Manipulative”, American Scientist, volume 100, number 1, page 31: 
      As in much of biology, the most satisfying truths in ecology derive from manipulative experimentation. Tinker with nature and quantify how it responds.

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