\ ˈme-nē How to pronounce many (audio) \
more\ ˈmȯr How to pronounce more (audio) \; most\ ˈmōst How to pronounce most (audio) \

Definition of many

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

Definition of many (Entry 2 of 3)

: a large number of persons or things many are called

Definition of many (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for many

Synonyms: Adjective

beaucoup [slang], legion, multifold, multiple, multiplex, multitudinous, numerous

Antonyms: Adjective


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Examples of many in a Sentence


a journey of many miles begins with a single step

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The school caters to a student population that includes many immigrant children, including those from Yemen and Iraq, who need additional help learning English. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Graduation gone bad: Salutatorians rip their Detroit charter school," 10 June 2019 While many more school classes come now than in the past, there is little to guide them — no docents or audio-guides, and scant audiovisual aids. Alissa J. Rubin, New York Times, "In Iraq Museum, There Are Things ‘That Are Nowhere Else in the World’," 9 June 2019 People were decked in pride colors from head to toe, many holding placards and waving pride flags. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora's Pride Parade: 'A wonderful way to celebrate all those who for so long were crushed'," 9 June 2019 However, plenty of people on social media weren’t as happy as Kylie’s guests, and many pointed out that The Handmaid’s Tale is, at best, an odd choice for a party backdrop. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Threw a "Handmaid's Tale" Birthday Party and Fans Are Not Happy," 9 June 2019 Though not a negative thing, the Black Panther star is aware that there are many other up-and-coming actors of color that could use that opportunity. Rosy Cordero,, "Michael B. Jordan committed to making Hollywood more diverse, after being offered role of 'every historical black figure'," 9 June 2019 Support in court That help comes in many forms: Parent allies connect people with services from counseling to housing, invite them to classes with other parents working through the juvenile-dependency process and sit in on a parent's court hearing. Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic, "The system took these parents' kids away. Now they're helping other parents get theirs back," 9 June 2019 As with many recent royal practices, this one was started by Queen Victoria. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "Who Gets to Stand on the Buckingham Palace Balcony?," 8 June 2019 Although Louis hasn't been to many public events, the Cambridges do share sweet pictures of him from time to time to keep his fans up to date. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Louis Makes His Royal Public Debut at Trooping of the Colour 2019," 8 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in construction

Brazil's humiliation was complete when the home crowd - many of whom had been reduced to bitter tears in the first half hour - started cheering every German pass., "World Cup Countdown: 1 Day to Go - Hosts Brazil Suffer Record Humiliation Against Phenomenal Germans," 13 June 2018 An outspoken critic of the president, Dent has been someone the press corps relied on to publicly say what many of his colleagues were privately thinking. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "A congressional Republican cops to the real reason he’s retiring: Working with Trump isn’t fun," 26 Mar. 2018 Silverstein is one of many who shared the TV writer Google doc Tuesday. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "TV Writers Launch Anonymous Pay Survey Amid Push for Salary Parity," 23 Jan. 2018 Last April many voiced their frustration at a county commission meeting. CBS News, "Health department investigating possible cancer cluster at Florida high school," 19 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of many


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Pronoun, plural in construction

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun, plural in construction

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for many

Adjective, Pronoun, plural in construction, and Noun, plural in construction

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

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The first known use of many was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of many

 (Entry 1 of 2)

used to refer to a large number of things or people often used in negative statements



English Language Learners Definition of many (Entry 2 of 2)

: a large number of people or things


\ ˈme-nē How to pronounce many (audio) \
more\ ˈmȯr \; most\ ˈmōst \

Kids Definition of many

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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.



Kids Definition of many (Entry 2 of 3)

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



Kids Definition of many (Entry 3 of 3)

: a large number Many of our friends left.

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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