many

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

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of many in a Sentence

Adjective a journey of many miles begins with a single step
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For many teenagers, an after-school or summer job is about making extra money. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 June 2021 But many supporters of what the Arizona Senate's contractors are doing say that this is an audit and should be called one. Jen Fifield, The Arizona Republic, 2 June 2021 Because of this, cities don't usually purchase all that many of them, Filippelli said. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, 2 June 2021 Riley and Anderson are two former players that Foster and many Bengals fans feel should already be immortalized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, 2 June 2021 How many times have activists argued that capitalism is incompatible with solving climate change? Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 2 June 2021 The group size is limited by the fact that each DASH unit can only run one test at a time, and at 15 minutes per test, that time will add up, even if the venue has many units running simultaneously. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 June 2021 These come in many different sizes to best fit your vehicle. Tim Kohut, BGR, 1 June 2021 The welcome news that Boston is reopening for business landed with a thud last week for many working parents. BostonGlobe.com, 1 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in construction New York Times Reporter Taylor Lorenz was one of many who shared the viral videos on the platform. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, 4 June 2020 The investigation is just one of many led by House Democrats since taking the majority in the 2018 elections. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2019 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. SI.com, 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, 26 Mar. 2018 Silverstein is one of many who shared the TV writer Google doc Tuesday. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Jan. 2018 Last April many voiced their frustration at a county commission meeting. CBS News, 19 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of many

Adjective

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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Time Traveler for many

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

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3 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Many.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/many. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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many

adjective

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

many

pronoun

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

: a large number of people or things

many

adjective
\ 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.

many

pronoun

Kids Definition of many (Entry 2 of 3)

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

many

noun

Kids Definition of many (Entry 3 of 3)

: a large number Many of our friends left.

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