\ˈme-nē \
more\ˈmȯr \; most\ˈmōst \

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

As Much as Possible As is sure to be the case for many, Graham's New Year's resolution is to rack up less screen time. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "From Makeup Tricks to Simple Self-Care Tips, Ashley Graham's Stress-Free Guide to Holiday Vacation Packing," 8 Dec. 2018 Trump hasn’t yet been in office for two years, but many of his original picks for top White House positions (and sometimes even their first replacements) have either been fired, been bullied into resigning, or quit in protest. Dara Lind, Vox, "There is always a Trump tweet, chiefs of staff edition," 8 Dec. 2018 The city has flirted with temporary rules, but now, many of those restrictions (and a bunch of new ones) are here to stay, thanks to Rome's city council, which recently passed laws banning certain behavior. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Rome Cracking Down on Street Drinking, Bad Tourist Behavior With New Laws," 28 Nov. 2018 Bloomberg confirmed the launch with unnamed sources who say the streaming service has recently cleared deals with many, but not all, of the major rights holders in India. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Spotify plans to expand into India within the next six months," 27 Nov. 2018 But many people who followed his program seem to benefit. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 But the Alteñas are an all-female mariachi group — and since their inception in 2002, their rhythmic guitarrón strums and proud trumpet blasts have bested many of their male counterparts at invitation-only competitions. Harper Smith, Allure, "The Beauty Secrets of Mariachi Las Alteñas, an All-Female Mariachi Band in the Heart of Texas," 13 Nov. 2018 Fires are a normal part of the natural ecosystem in many parts of California, helping rejuvenate forests and grasslands. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why the Camp Fire in Northern California is so severe," 14 Nov. 2018 Unfortunately for many followers, the questions of whether or not Jonathan is available and will consider marrying you won't be answered on the platform. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "EXCLUSIVE: Property Brothers Drew And Jonathan Scott Launch Online Home Platform With Curated Designs," 29 Oct. 2018

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


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

Pronoun, plural in construction

see many entry 1

Noun, plural in construction

see many entry 1

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

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More Definitions for many


\ˈme-nē \
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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living or existing for a long time

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