Forty - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfɔːrti|  American pronunciation of the word forty
Brit.  |ˈfɔːti|  British pronunciation of the word forty


- the cardinal number that is the product of ten and four (syn: 40, xl)


- being ten more than thirty (syn: 40, twoscore, xl)


The temperature outside is in the high forties.

She is in her forties.

Forty days wasted in useless chicanery.

The French Academy took forty years to compile their Dictionary.

The men stood three deep and forty across.

The engine-driver drove his train at the rate of forty miles an hour.

I've watched over passengers on this line for nearly forty years.

Forty police officers are working round the clock (=working day and night without stopping) to find Murray's killer.

'I reckon he must be about thirty-eight.' 'Close - he was forty last week.'

The novel is an expansion of a short story he wrote about forty years ago.

It's forty miles from here to the Polish border.

He looked nearer fifty than forty.

I can't believe you're nearly forty years old!

Now, forty years on, this is one of the most successful theatres in the country.

She's now forty and still in her prime.

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