- ▪ I. number num‧ber 1 [ˈnʌmbə ǁ -bər] noun1. [countable] a series of numbers used to identify someone or something:
• He checked the number on the file.
• Your account number is the last set of numbers on the bottom of your cheque.
• Please quote your credit card number in all correspondence.— see also telephone numberˌbank identifiˈcation ˌnumber [countable] BANKINGa set of numbers found on a cheque book, bank card, or bank letter, showing which branch (= office) of a bank it relates to; = sort codeˈbox ˌnumber also ˈpost office box ˌnumber [countable]an address used by a firm for receiving letters at a post office instead of its own address:
• It is usually best to avoid box numbers in advertisements as they tend to put people off replying.ˈPIN ˌnumber [countable] BANKINGpersonal identification number; a secret number given to you by your bank that you use when getting money from a cash machine with a card; = PIN:
• Never tell anyone your PIN number.ˈserial ˌnumber [countable] MANUFACTURINGa number used on things that are produced in large quantities, making it possible to identify each one:
• All of our guns have a unique serial number.2. numbers [plural] how many people there are in a particular situation, activity etc:
• Airline passenger numbers in America have more than doubled.
• a 25 percent increase in staff numbers3. numbers [plural] ACCOUNTING STATISTICS figures or amounts, for example those in a company's accounts or in statistics:
• The numbers told the story: the marketing strategy was a success.
• If you run the numbers (= do the necessary calculations ) , there is no way you can make money renting the space at $30 a square foot.4. [singular] the total amount of something:serial number of
• The number of companies created in the first half of this year was 3.1% lower than last year.5. number one/two etc informal the most important person or thing, the second most important etc in an organization or group:[m0] ▪ II. number number 2 verb [transitive]1. to be a particular amount or quantity:
• At that time, its employees numbered nearly 4,000.
• Sales numbered 8.1% fewer than a year before.2. to give a number to things that are part of a set or list:
• Each doll is individually numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
* * *Ⅰ.number UK US /ˈnʌmbər/ noun (ABBREVIATION No.)► [C] a set of numbers that marks a particular person or thing as separate from others of the same type: account/invoice/order number »
Include your account number and the name of the fund in which you want to invest.contact/telephone/mobile number »
Please leave a contact number.»
a credit card/registration/identification number► [C] an amount of people or things: the number of sth »
The number of employees taking legal action over work-related disease is increasing.a growing/increasing/declining number »
Regulators are seeing a growing number of stock frauds directed at small investors.the maximum/minimum/total number »
The total number of people in employment has increased by more than 234,000 (16.1%).»
a large/record number»
a small/limited number● a number of things/reasons/people, etc. — Cf. a number of things/reasons/people, etc.● numbers — Cf. numbers● make the numbers — Cf. make the numbers● run the numbers — Cf. run the numbers→ See also BANK IDENTIFICATION NUMBER(Cf. ↑bank identification number), BOX NUMBER(Cf. ↑box number), DUNS NUMBER(Cf. ↑DUNS number), OPPOSITE NUMBER(Cf. ↑opposite number), PIN(Cf. ↑PIN), ROUTING NUMBER(Cf. ↑routing number), SERIAL NUMBER(Cf. ↑serial number), SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER(Cf. ↑Social Security Number)Ⅱ.number UK US /ˈnʌmbər/ verb► [T] to give something a number in a series: »
Documents filed under the Act must be numbered.► [I or T] if people or things number 100, 1 million, etc., there are that number of them: »
At its peak, the workforce involved in building the new airport terminal numbered 50,000.number in the hundreds/thousands/millions, etc. »
Their fan base numbers in the tens of millions worldwide.
Financial and business terms. 2012.