1

many

adjective \ ˈme-nē \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of many

more play \ˈmȯr\; most play \ˈmōst\
1 : consisting of or amounting to a large but indefinite number
  • worked for many years
  • the many advantages of an education
2 : being one of a large but indefinite number
  • many a man
  • many another student
as many
: the same in number
  • saw three plays in as many days

Examples of many in a Sentence

  1. a journey of many miles begins with a single step

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Origin and Etymology of many

Middle English, from Old English manig; akin to Old High German manag many, Old Church Slavonic mŭnogŭ much

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2

many

pronoun, plural in construction

Definition of many

: a large number of persons or things
  • many are called

Origin and Etymology of many

see 1many


3

many

noun, plural in construction

Definition of many

1 : a large but indefinite number
  • a good many of them
2 : the great majority of people
  • the many

Origin and Etymology of many

see 1many


MANY Defined for Kids

1

many

adjective \ ˈme-nē \

Definition of many for Students

more \ˈmȯr\; most \ˈmōst\
1 : amounting to a large number
  • We had many children to play with.
2 : being one of a large but not definite number
  • There was many a day when she felt lonely.

2

many

pronoun

Definition of many for Students

: a large number of people or things
  • Some stayed, but many left.

3

many

noun

Definition of many for Students

: a large number
  • Many of our friends left.


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