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ˈfɔr tiforty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. forty, 40, XLadjective

    the cardinal number that is the product of ten and four

  2. forty, 40, xl, twoscoreadjective

    being ten more than thirty


  1. fortynoun

    A 40 ounce bottle of beer.

  2. fortynumeral

    The cardinal number occurring after thirty-nine and before forty-one.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FORTYadjective

    Four times ten.

    Etymology: feowertig, Saxon.

    On fair ground I could beat forty of them. William Shakespeare, Coriol.

    He that upon levity quits his station, in hopes to be better, ’tis forty to one loses. Roger L'Estrange.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fortyadjective

    four times ten; thirty-nine and one more

  2. Fortynoun

    the sum of four tens; forty units or objects

  3. Fortynoun

    a symbol expressing forty units; as, 40, or xl

  4. Etymology: [OE. forti, fourti, fowerti, AS. fewertig; fewer four + suff. -tig ten; akin to OS. fiwartig, fiartig, D. veertig, G. vierzig, Icel. fjrutu, Sw. fyratio, Dan. fyrretyve, Goth. fidwr tigjus. See Four, and Ten, and cf. Fourteen.]


  1. Forty

    Forty: Live Limited Edition is a live album released by Thomas Dolby in 2001. It was recorded at a gathering at his Half Moon Bay, Northern California, home celebrating his fortieth birthday, and at another private performance. It features backing musicians Brian Salter, Leslie Adams, and Caroline Lavelle. All seven songs originally appeared on previous albums: three from The Flat Earth, two from Aliens Ate My Buick, and one each from The Golden Age of Wireless and Astronauts and Heretics.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Forty

    for′ti, adj. and n. four times ten.—adj. For′tieth.—n. a fortieth part.—Forty winks, a short nap, esp. after dinner.—The Forty, the French Academy. [A.S. féowertigfeower, four, tig, ten.]

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'forty' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3566

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    Rank popularity for the word 'forty' in Written Corpus Frequency: #278

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of forty in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of forty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of forty in a Sentence

  1. Grard Depardieu:

    At twenty you have many desires which hide the truth, but beyond forty there are only real and fragile truths-your abilities and your failings.

  2. John Travolta:

    Sometimes when something really works well, it becomes a target, forty years for me, I've been a part, and I've loved every minute of it. My family has done so well with it. It's been a beautiful thing for me. I've saved lives with it and saved my own life several times. Through my loss of my son, it helped me every step of the way for two years solid, and here I am.

  3. The IEA:

    The oil price in this scenario remains close to $50 a barrel until the end of this decade, before rising gradually back to $85 a barrel in 2040, in the low-oil price scenario, the Middle East's share in the oil market ends up higher than at any time in the last forty years.

  4. Superintendent Vicki Townsend:

    We are currently delivering the training as part of the force training days to frontline officers, forty officers get an input [each] week. This started in January and is due to finish in May. This is is the first scenario that we built. We have planned to build 10 scenarios … We are also hoping to build multi-agency-based scenarios.

  5. Secretary Alex Azar:

    Forty labs are qualified to already be doing that.

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