count·​less | \ˈkau̇nt-ləs \

Definition of countless 

: too numerous to be counted : myriad, many

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Other Words from countless

countlessly adverb

Examples of countless in a Sentence

There are countless reasons why that would not be a good idea. I've been there countless times.

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Beginning this weekend, Parson’s trip — and those of countless others — becomes much easier. Washington Post, "Commuter rail line from N. Haven to Springfield opens," 15 June 2018 But for every case that makes the news, there are countless others that don't involve police. Holly Yan, CNN, "Yale student accused of 'napping while black' wants fellow student disciplined," 14 May 2018 It has been recreated and altered in countless ways in the years hence. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Are Cincinnati Reds .500 team now? Ask me at All-Star break," 28 June 2018 The epic that resulted from his efforts over decades — first writing all four librettos in reverse order, then composing the music from beginning to end — is sufficiently rich and nuanced to be staged in countless ways. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bingeing on ‘Breaking Bad’ or ‘The Wire’? Wagner’s ‘Ring’ paved the way," 30 May 2018 In this view, existence spreads out like a fractal drawing, and there are countless nooks in which pocket universes can reside. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Stephen Hawking’s final paper makes a hopeful case for the limits of existence," 3 May 2018 Kardashian West has teased out countless Yeezy pieces this year, everywhere from Harajuku to Beverly Hills, but yesterday evening’s ensemble struck a different note. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West’s Summer Date Night Look? Tactical Pants and Heels," 7 July 2018 With just two bites—one to pick up a pathogen and another to transmit it—the bugs have fueled countless outbreaks. Dan Strickman, Scientific American, "Buzz Kill: Our Best Weapons against Mosquitoes," 13 July 2018 It can be used in countless sweet and savory ways to create quick and easy hors d’oeuvres, main courses, and desserts. Carole Kotkin, miamiherald, "Puff pastry can be used in countless sweet and savory ways," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of countless

1588, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of countless

: too many to be counted : very many


count·​less | \ˈkau̇nt-ləs \

Kids Definition of countless

: too many to be counted countless grains of sand

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