many

adjective
\ 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

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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 Officers were left in many cases to improvise or try to save colleagues facing peril. Michael Balsamo, Anchorage Daily News, "Acting chief: Capitol Police were warned of violence before riot but invasion was worse than expected," 25 Feb. 2021 What the public saw was pink and, in many cases, despair. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney World at 50: Looking back at Cinderella Castle’s royal moments," 24 Feb. 2021 In many cases, the jobs people left may no longer be there, which will mean those workers will need access to job retraining to find work in other areas, Powell said. Martin Crutsinger, Star Tribune, "Chairman Powell: Fed is in no hurry to raise interest rates," 24 Feb. 2021 In many cases, curbside composting is run by private companies, like Earth Mama and Green With Indy. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "Scrub Hub: What local services will compost my food scraps?," 23 Feb. 2021 There has been little movement on many cases in the past year. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "Cook County set to resume jury trials as first notices are sent out since pandemic closures," 23 Feb. 2021 In many cases, a rechargeable heated vest will last longer than one with conventional batteries. Outdoor Life, "Best Heated Vest: Great Outdoor Gear for Winter Sports or Hunting," 23 Feb. 2021 In many cases, people who are infected never develop symptoms of COVID-19 and don’t realize the virus was in their bodies. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: Is it time for some optimism?," 22 Feb. 2021 In many cases, insurers will handle the initial damage assessment virtually, Friedlander says, reserving in-person visits from an adjuster for the most severe cases. Nerd Wallet, oregonlive, "How to get the most home insurance help after a winter storm," 22 Feb. 2021 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, "YouTuber Jake Paul charged after video shows him at damaged Arizona mall," 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, "'Conflict of interest concerns': House investigating increased military spending at Trump's Turnberry resort," 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, "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, 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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Time Traveler for many Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

27 Feb 2021

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“Many.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/many. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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many

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of many

 (Entry 1 of 2)

used to refer to a large number of things or people often used in negative statements

many

pronoun

English Language Learners Definition of many (Entry 2 of 2)

: a large number of people or things

many

adjective
\ 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.

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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