many

adjective
\ ˈme-nē How to pronounce many (audio) \
more\ ˈmȯr How to pronounce more (audio) \; most\ ˈmōst How to pronounce most (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

beaucoup [slang], 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

But while a folding phone is still an unaffordable pipe dream for most of us, there are many features in Android Q that will make non-folding Android phones better than ever. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "7 tweaks and changes in Android Q that will make your phone better than it is now," 13 Mar. 2019 By now, the home's transformation would be, to many, considered nearly complete: The Fords have redecorated the kitchen, living and dining rooms, master bed and bath, and a guest bed and bath. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "It Took Renovating This Tudor for One Couple to Uncover Their True Style," 6 Mar. 2019 For many, that's well worth years of peace of mind. Molly Finneseth, Glamour, "How to Be Prepared if Roe v. Wade Is Overturned," 22 Jan. 2019 Workers are so scarce that, in many parts of the country, low-skill jobs are being handed out to pretty much anyone willing to take them—and high-skilled workers are in even shorter supply. Lauren Weber, WSJ, "Inside the Hottest Job Market in Half a Century," 1 Mar. 2019 When Ari was spotted hanging with her ex, Ricky Alvarez on New Year's Day, many starting talking about a possible rekindling between the two. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Ariana Grande's Love Life," 28 Feb. 2019 And while many male candidates for President might have felt that way, this year is filled with women who don’t. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bernie Sanders' Sexism Problem," 27 Feb. 2019 In the #MeToo and #TimesUp era, many people have understandably decided to revisit some of the hallmark Disney movies and the princesses that star in them. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Voice Actress Jodi Benson on Being Ariel and Three Decades of Feminist Princesses," 27 Feb. 2019 Shutterstock Located in the historic region of Transylvania, Sighisoara may not be on the radar of many travelers, but that’s a shame. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019

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

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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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