unit Definition

  • 1an individual thing or person regarded as single and complete but which can also form an individual component of a larger or more complex whole
  • 2a device that has a specified function, especially one forming part of a complex mechanism
  • 3a quantity chosen as a standard in terms of which other quantities may be expressed

Using unit: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "unit" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The apartment complex consists of several units.

  • Example

    The engine is made up of several smaller units.

  • Example

    The currency of the country is based on the monetary unit of the dollar.

  • Example

    The company sold over a million units of the product last year.

unit Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using unit

  • one's marching orders

    instructions to leave or to do something


    After the incident, the employee was given his marching orders and asked to leave the company.

  • undamaged or unharmed


    Despite the accident, everyone arrived at their destination in one piece.

  • pull one's weight

    to do one's fair share of work


    Everyone on the team needs to pull their weight if we want to finish the project on time.

Phrases with unit

  • a definite magnitude of a physical quantity, defined and adopted by convention or by law, that is used as a standard for measurement of the same physical quantity


    The meter is the basic unit of length in the International System of Units (SI).

  • a military unit composed of soldiers trained for fighting on the ground


    The combat unit was deployed to the front lines.

  • a single dwelling place, such as an apartment or house, that is used or intended to be used as a separate living quarters


    The housing unit was spacious and well-maintained.

Origins of unit

from Latin 'unitas', meaning 'oneness'


Summary: unit in Brief

A 'unit' [ˈjuːnɪt] is an individual thing or person that can form a component of a larger whole. It can also refer to a device with a specific function or a standard quantity used for measurement. Examples include 'The apartment complex consists of several units.' and 'The currency of the country is based on the monetary unit of the dollar.' Idioms like 'in one piece' denote being undamaged, while 'pull one's weight' means doing one's fair share of work.

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