\ 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

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 Milwaukee has gelled in previous seasons and their love for one another is evident in many ways. Brian Sampson, Forbes, 24 June 2022 There are many ways to lead; one is to command without asking. Cate Rubenstein, Rolling Stone, 24 June 2022 That sentimentality can be preserved in many ways while still letting go of that old or unrealistic idea of what your body ‘should’ look like. Sophie Hanson, Vogue, 24 June 2022 But many in and outside the industry are working on the problem. Seth Borenstein, Anchorage Daily News, 23 June 2022 However, the measures are doing little to ease the struggles faced by many in the country. Rhea Mogul And Iqbal Athas, CNN, 23 June 2022 For many in the community, that image is a far cry from reality. Teo Armus, Washington Post, 23 June 2022 That rightly reverberates throughout the Caribbean community here in the UK as well as many in the Caribbean nations. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 June 2022 His promise of sweeping change in a country that has long been a bulwark of regional stability has many in Washington on edge. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2022 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., 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 See More

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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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27 Jun 2022

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“Many.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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\ 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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