\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


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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

That may not come as a surprise to many, as Marlins Park is, in general, a pitcher-friendly park, giving up the second-fewest runs per game in the majors. Mike Persak,, "Marlins pitchers downplay effect of Marlins Park on better home splits," 14 July 2018 But for many, the slump in Goetze's career had come even before that night of triumph in Rio de Janeiro. Christophe Beaudufe,, "Gotze, from World Cup glory to soccer hell in four years," 13 July 2018 That dearth can be explained in part by the durational intensity of many of his greatest works—which often clock in at more than an hour, and demand intense concentration and focus from its players. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Two Chicago pianists perform a pair of rarely heard masterpieces by Morton Feldman," 12 July 2018 The piling chaos of the news cycle is a source of fear, anger, and paralyzing despair for many who read, if not directly experience it. Ashwin Rodrigues, Fortune, "Monsanto Executives Were Feeling Pretty Good About Current News Cycle," 12 July 2018 Despite her admittance of fault, many, including Selma director Ava DuVernay find her compliance with the heinous crime too egregious to forgive. Jasmine Hardy,, "New Intel Prompts U.S. Government To Reopen Emmett Till Investigation," 12 July 2018 His appointment to Harding Racing’s No. 88 car at Toronto caught many by surprise, including Daly himself, but the key for him this weekend will be to keep the opportunity in perspective. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar in Toronto: 'Eh Team' returns home; Conor Daly returns to field," 12 July 2018 Not held in the high regard by many, this attitude is unlikely to win Morgan fans., "Arsenal-Supporting Twitter Troll Piers Morgan Blames Spurs Players for England's World Cup Exit," 12 July 2018 Britain’s longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, has entertained many of them, and is expected to meet President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at Windsor Castle. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "5 World Leaders Whose Visits to the U.K. Sparked Controversy," 12 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., "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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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