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/quan-ti-ty/ [k.w.aa1.n.t.ah0.t.iy0]

Definition: A certain, usually specified, amount or number of something; A considerable number or amount of something:

Example sentences:

  • If taken in large quantities, the drug can result in liver failure
  • This operation is not about finding a large quantity of drugs but to reassure the public and take out middle level dealers
  • Many people like to buy in quantity

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/quin-tes-sence/ [k.w.ih0.n.t.eh1.s.ah0.n.s]

Definition: The most perfect or typical example of a quality or class:

Example sentences:

  • Benjamin Franklin must have been the quintessence of self-improvement because he actually made a list of thirteen important virtues and tracked his progress in abiding by the list.
  • The corruption scandal was reported as the quintessence of dirty politics.

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/quar-rel/ [k.w.ao1.r.ah0.l]

To quarrel is to fight, or have a disagreement, but it is normally a verbal disagreement, not physical. Think of quarrels to be on a smaller scale of a full-blown fight.

  • Growing up, I always quarreled with my sister.
  • Whenever my brothers watch football, they always quarrel over who the best player is.
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