\ 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

Almost three decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, many members of the Russian diaspora—especially those who came of age during the post-Soviet era—are turning a curious and longing eye to the lost flavors of their food heritage. Leah Koenig, WSJ, "‘Savage Feast’ Review: Self-Discovery at the Family Table," 12 Apr. 2019 Meanwhile, paid family leave for many American workers is infinitesimal or nonexistent, meaning that for those who do need to take care of a family member, there’s often no choice but to quit work. Anna North, Vox, "You’ve heard that women make 80 cents to men’s dollar. It’s much worse than that.," 2 Apr. 2019 After all, after decades in hibernation, Polsby wants the company to reach as many fans as possible. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "One of the Most Iconic Wallpapers of All Time Is Back," 20 Mar. 2019 But many fans take this as open to interpretation and support the theory that Viserion's death will pay for the life of a new child. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Season 8: 18 Fan Theories to Know," 18 Mar. 2019 But Hackworth says people are coming from all over, including many from the Seattle area. Reilly Kneedler, The Seattle Times, "East Wenatchee development a popular place for out-of-town buyers," 26 Mar. 2019 In the hours that followed this announcement, women across the world took to social media to express their frustration at what many thought was an obvious fix for an entity whose foundation is built on precise math and science. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "NASA Cancels the First All-Female Spacewalk Because of a Too-Large Suit, and Hillary Clinton Isn’t Happy," 26 Mar. 2019 After being seen crying with a couple of friends, many wondering if there was something else that was affecting him other than the news about his ex, Selena Gomez. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "11 Times Justin Bieber Opened Up About His Mental Health," 22 Mar. 2019 The Muslim worshipers attacked by a white supremacist here included many who had fled violence in their home countries several years earlier. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "Christchurch’s Tiny Community of Muslims: Diverse, Deeply Rooted and Embraced," 16 Mar. 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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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