many

adjective
\ 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

legion, multifold, multiple, multiplex, multitudinous, numerous

Antonyms: Adjective

few

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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

The actions of a few have impacted many and are not indicative of Fox Valley Mall as a whole. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Moms protest after security guard confronted mother who was breastfeeding at Fox Valley Mall," 15 July 2018 Garrett's memorial service on Saturday will have many of those last requests — including the five bouncy houses. Fox News, "Obit, memorial service of 5-year-old Iowa boy gets attention," 13 July 2018 Even just a year ago she was scorned by many people in Pakistan as little more than a bolshie Twitter-user. The Economist, "Nawaz Sharif returns to Pakistan, and jail," 14 July 2018 Stallworth can instantly switch between dialects, something many people of color might find familiar. Sonia Rao, chicagotribune.com, "'What's up with that white voice?': The tricky art of linguistic code-switching," 14 July 2018 Salisbury Police did not reveal how many people were held hostage in the store on West Jack Alexander Boulevard. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "NC police shoot man holding Harris Teeter staff hostage during standoff," 13 July 2018 Like many people with an interest in politics, Nevins said last year, he was riveted by the hacking that afflicted the Democratic Party. Anthony Man, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Notable Florida tentacles in latest Mueller indictments over Russian hacking of Democrats," 13 July 2018 My goal for the project was to empower as many people as possible to get involved. Alison Kuznitz, courant.com, "A Wallingford Mission Trip Brings Together 360 Youth Volunteers To Repair Homes, Communities," 13 July 2018 But for many people with disabilities, flexible plastic straws are the best way to drink liquid or food. Caille Millner, SFChronicle.com, "A splash of cold water on straw-ban fervor: Many people with disabilities need them," 13 July 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. SI.com, "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

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

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

many

adjective
\ 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.

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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