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(alsoEquivalent to the product of five and two; one more than nine; 10.**x**,**X**)*‘the last ten years’**‘the house comfortably sleeps ten’**‘a ten-foot shrub’**‘She always sleeps nine or ten hours the night before the race.’**‘The food store had enough food in it to comfortably feed the five of them for ten years.’**‘She can live like this another five or ten years.’**‘Nine times out of ten when we played each other, they would beat us.’**‘He scored ten goals in nine games.’**‘Residents have lost between five and ten feet from their gardens.’**‘When I survey the parking lot, there are maybe five to ten spots vacant.’**‘One minute of laughing is equivalent to ten minutes on a rowing machine.’**‘The park is staffed for nine to ten hours a day, six days a week.’**‘Cook the cookies until the glaze is set, which should be for five to ten minutes.’**‘Remove the meat and allow to cool for five to ten minutes.’**‘A good article should be just as relevant five or ten years after it is published.’**‘He was said to be around five feet ten inches tall.’**‘Toxicology tests will take between five and ten days.’**‘As always at this time of the year, he takes nine or ten weeks off.’**‘I looked at him impassively for about five or ten seconds.’**‘Most courses run for between nine and ten weeks.’**‘They just don't have time to go to five or ten different shops.’**‘Clients may choose between promotional plans for three, five and ten years.’**‘Leave in the tin for five to ten minutes, then remove and serve.’*

- 1.1A group or unit of ten people or things.
*‘count in tens’**‘Police chiefs said closing the unit would save taxpayers tens of thousands of pounds.’**‘The Romans represented units, tens, hundreds, and thousands as separate items in their numbers.’**‘If you apply that cost to tens of thousands of devices, you can see the impact.’**‘It's rather odd that time just isn't counted in tens.’**‘Companies competed for tens of thousands of new customers.’**‘As the herd is driven slowly past, one man counts the animals in tens while the other writes down the numbers.’**‘A couple lost tens of thousands of pounds after their close friend admitted fraud.’**‘Over the past few decades tens of thousands of Irish farming families have been forced off the land.’**‘It is the favoured destination for tens of thousands of couples.’**‘People were trickling across, but in the dozens rather than tens of thousands.’**‘People count by tens and machines count by twos.’**‘The opinions of tens of thousands of other scientists don't count, because they're all biased.’**‘Crowds that numbered in their tens of thousands were standing outside the cathedral chanting his name.’**‘His army numbers in the tens of thousands.’**‘There is more than enough food in the world to feed everyone, yet tens of thousands of people are starving.’**‘Huge sea turtles numbering in the tens of millions flourished in the Caribbean.’**‘Tens of thousands of people poured onto the streets to topple a corrupt regime.’**‘Cattle numbers plummeted from tens of thousands to mere hundreds.’**‘We have increased by tens of thousands the number of surgical procedures being carried out in this country.’**‘They are the first ten of several dozen commandments delivered to Moses.’*

View synonyms**decade** - 1.2Ten years old.
*‘the boy was no more than ten’**‘They would go canoeing at a time when the children were all under the age of ten.’**‘Members organised a fancy dress Hallowe'en party for children under ten years of age in the community centre.’**‘The riders are all ages, some maybe under ten years of age.’**‘The courses are usually attended by groups of youngsters - some aged as young as ten.’**‘At about age ten, you and the family set sail for Perth.’**‘In her car were six or seven children, all between the ages of ten an thirteen.’**‘A witness had seen a youth, perhaps aged as young as ten or 11, acting suspiciously.’**‘She was a single mother of two children aged ten and eleven-years-old.’**‘The club hopes to expand membership particular among girls and players aged under ten years old.’**‘She has sons aged ten and six.’**‘She began her piano studies at the age of ten.’**‘Athletes must be ten years of age in order to run in the Championship events.’**‘My eldest grandson, aged ten, was my golf partner.’**‘It was amazing to observe how she entertained the children, who ranged in age from three to ten years old.’**‘I'd put their ages at eight and ten.’**‘Membership is open to girls between the ages of seven and ten years of age.’**‘She will now lead the activities for girls aged from seven to ten in the Brownies.’**‘The couple have eight children from their previous marriages, ranging in age from ten to 18.’**‘All boys and girls under ten years of age are welcome to participate.’**‘Mr Wilson got his first camera when he was about nine or ten.’*

- 1.3Ten o'clock.
*‘at about ten at night I got a call’**‘She works from eight o'clock in the morning to ten o'clock at night, six days a week.’**‘The party started in the afternoon and continued until ten o'clock the next morning.’**‘It was ten o'clock at night, but there wasn't much chance of a rest.’**‘Ben was due to fly out that night at ten o'clock.’**‘They had to work until ten o'clock at night.’**‘At ten o'clock sharp every night he would go to a bar or a club.’**‘As we plodded out into the garden about ten o'clock this evening, a thin layer of dark cloud drifted across from the south-east.’**‘I started out this morning at ten o'clock.’**‘It was about ten o'clock yesterday evening when the bell tolled.’**‘After ten o'clock in the evening there were not many people out on the streets.’**‘Hitting the alarm clock he saw it was ten o'clock in the morning.’**‘The next train to Cambridge did not leave until ten o'clock the following morning.’**‘It was ten o'clock on a Friday night, and I could think of better places to be.’**‘Shortly after ten o'clock the sound of trumpets could be heard outside the house.’**‘At ten o'clock tonight I cruised home on the back of a scooter taxi.’**‘At ten o'clock, they went back to their rooms and said good night to each other.’**‘That night, around ten in the evening, he sent me a message.’**‘Arriving back by ten o'clock, we went straight to the sitting room and sat on the sofa.’**‘Glancing at his watch, he realized that it was almost ten o'clock.’**‘The ceremony continued from four in the morning to ten at night.’*

- 1.4A size of garment or other merchandise denoted by ten.
*‘I used to be very pretty and could fit into anything that was a size ten.’**‘I was attractive, a size ten and got a lot of attention.’**‘I like to use a size twelve hook, though Lee prefers a size ten.’**‘I could wear my size ten and twelve clothes a week after my first daughter was born.’**‘It hadn't been easy to find high heels in a size ten.’*

- 1.5A ten-pound note or ten-dollar bill.
*‘he took the money in tens’**‘She could tell exactly how much of that thick stack of cash was of ones, fives, tens, and hundred-dollar bills.’**‘There were two one dollar bills, one five dollar bill, and two tens - plus three dollars in change.’**‘I'll use one of my tens and combine our money to buy it for you!’**‘She saw two fifty-dollar bills, followed by several twenties, a ten, a five, and four one-dollar-bills’**‘She took out her wallet and dug out a fifty-dollar bill, a ten, a five, and three ones’**‘Simon hands the cashier a ten.’**‘He paid her with a ten, and walked out’**‘He returned and placed a ten, a five, and three ones on the bar’**‘She gave me a ten and I gave her five back.’**‘Kelly glared at me before pulling out her wallet and giving me a twenty, a ten, and a one’**‘I finished my beer and gave the bartender a ten.’**‘He handed the waiter a ten and a twenty.’**‘Reaching into his pocket, he pulls out a ten and I give him his change.’**‘He scanned the few bills that he had left - a ten and some ones.’**‘I reached into my pocket, searching for a five-dollar bill, but Lance slapped down a ten’*

- 1.6A playing card with ten pips.
*‘the ten of hearts’**‘The aces, tens and face cards have point values associated with them.’**‘The kings of diamonds are the highest trumps instead of the tens of hearts.’**‘If any of these hand cards are tens or face cards, players can discard some or all of those cards.’**‘The game point goes to the side that wins the ten of trumps in a trick.’**‘The most valuable cards are aces and tens.’**‘The object is to capture aces, tens and the last trick.’**‘The aces and tens are called sharp cards and are worth 10 points each.’**‘Anyone who holds the ace, king, queen, jack or ten of hearts takes all the chips.’**‘This pack can be made from two standard 52-card packs by omitting all the tens and picture cards.’**‘Four aces, kings, queens or tens are worth 100.’**‘If you only have a trio of tens and are sure your opponent has a trio of aces, there is little point in announcing the tens.’**‘Aces behave like a tens, but can only be played on a jack, queen or king.’**‘You can play a red ten on a black jack.’**‘Take a pack of playing cards and remove the jokers, tens, jacks and queens.’**‘A hand of tens and jacks usually heralds catastrophe.’**‘The tens are taken out of a normal 52 card pack, leaving 48 cards.’**‘Kings and tens are worth 10 points each.’**‘The ten is placed face up with Jack and Queen on top of it.’**‘On my first night of Internet poker I crushed a seasoned player with a pair of tens.’**‘The guy makes a big bet and I look down to find a pair of tens.’*

**Phrases**

Very probably.

*‘ten to one you'll never find out who did this’**‘Odds are ten to one that she will be an outcast at the next meeting.’**‘Ten to one, Henry will bribe them.’**‘Ten to one you've had to go to the dictionary to find out what that means.’**‘It's ten to one he has never used his passport.’**‘Well this should be fun; ten to one says he gets us lost.’*

1British A perfect mark.

*‘I came into work triumphantly waving the paper and my colleague checked my scribblings and gave me a little star and a ten out of ten marking.’*- 1.1Used to indicate that someone has done something well.
*‘you have to give her ten out of ten for persistence’**‘I would give it ten out of ten if someone bought it for me because no-one ever buys me perfume, but for my other half…’**‘If the music weeklies gave an album ten out of ten, I invariably went and bought it.’**‘I would give myself a ten out of ten for my performance.’**‘Here is a second chance to pick up some of the wines that scored ten out of ten.’**‘While the food gets ten out of ten, we can't say the same for the weather.’**‘Every player gets ten out of ten for effort.’**‘The riveting production earned ten out of ten for entertainment value.’**‘At the end of her term she has emerged with a rating of ten out of ten.’**‘I can have the best answers and get ten out of ten on this worksheet.’**‘The design of the place wasn't practical, but I had to give it ten out of ten for comfort and originality.’*

- 1.1Used to indicate that someone has done something well.

**ten to one**

**ten out of ten**

**Origin**

Old English tēn, tīen, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch tien and German zehn, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit daśa, Greek deka, and Latin decem.

**Pronunciation**

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