many

1 of 3

adjective

more ˈmȯr How to pronounce many (audio) ; most ˈmōst How to pronounce many (audio)
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

many

2 of 3

pronoun

plural in construction
: a large number of persons or things
many are called

many

3 of 3

noun

plural in construction
1
: a large but indefinite number
a good many of them
2
: the great majority of people
the many
Phrases
as many
: the same in number
saw three plays in as many days

Examples of many in a Sentence

Adjective a journey of many miles begins with a single step
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
These municipalities either only allow marijuana for medicinal use, only allow CBD oil, have decriminalized cannabis or have a crossover of many of these factors. The Arizona Republic, 16 Apr. 2024 In all the time since the Knicks tried and failed to bring King James to MSG, many people have heard about the video, but no one outside the top echelon of the Knicks organization at the time had actually seen it. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 16 Apr. 2024 Hitting 10 years as host of NBC’s Late Night, Seth Meyers has learned many lessons along the way. Nicole Fell, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Apr. 2024 Chili crunch is a popular condiment in China and other Asian countries, the Post noted, and many producers have generational ties to chili crunch. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 16 Apr. 2024 It is known for lion and leopard sightings as well as an incredible diversity of antelope species, many of which are rarely seen elsewhere. Jack Guy, CNN, 4 Apr. 2024 There's just too many people down there not to know. Jake Allen, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Apr. 2024 That's nearly as many registrations as the venerable Arizona Libertarian Party and about 10 times as many as the state's Green Party garnered by that time. The Arizona Republic, 4 Apr. 2024 It’s also not lost on Holland that Capote’s story is easily accessible to its many fans via Kindle or library book. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 4 Apr. 2024
Noun
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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Word History

Etymology

Adjective, Pronoun, and Noun

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

First Known Use

Adjective

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

Pronoun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Many.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/many. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

many

1 of 3 adjective
more ˈmō(ə)r How to pronounce many (audio)
ˈmȯ(ə)r
; most ˈmōst How to pronounce many (audio)
1
: amounting to a large number
worked for many years
2
: being one of a large but indefinite number
told many a tale

many

2 of 3 pronoun
: a large number
many of the students were late

many

3 of 3 noun
: a large but indefinite number
a good many of them

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