mul·​ti·​tude | \ ˈməl-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Definition of multitude

1 : the state of being many … the mind falters, confused by the multitude and yet the harmony of the detail …— Theodore Dreiser
2 : a great number : host a multitude of choices a multitude of complaints
3 : a great number of people A multitude gathered to hear the governor's speech.
4 : populace, public a candidate trying to appeal to the multitude

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Synonyms for multitude


army, bike [chiefly Scottish], cram, crowd, crush, drove, flock, herd, horde, host, legion, mass, mob, press, rout, scrum, swarm, throng

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Examples of multitude in a Sentence

a candidate trying to appeal to the multitude awed by the multitude of stars in the night sky

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And as one can imagine, foam rolling offers a multitude of benefits for those who spend an alarming amount of time sitting in an office chair—an entirely unnatural position for the human body—all week. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why This Holiday Break Is a Perfect Time to Start Foam-Rolling," 28 Dec. 2018 Basically, the guy's invincible—and so is his ability to take multitudes of women to bed. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "15 Netflix Shows With the Hottest Sex Scenes You Need to Watch," 21 Dec. 2018 Massive online spending gave rise to shopping behemoths such as Amazon and Alibaba, as well as multitudes of small- and medium-sized shops. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "E-commerce site is infected not by one, but two card skimmers," 20 Nov. 2018 One significant example: Remote healthcare powered by AI will bring medical care to multitudes who simply don’t have it—and never have. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—How to Share Benefits of the Digital Future With More People," 27 June 2018 Whether the agreement holds depends on a multitude of factors, including the government's level of suspicion and how willing the underground church is to cooperate. Christopher Bodeen, Fox News, "Vatican agreement with China draws concerns amid crackdown," 28 Sep. 2018 France converted its chance and got a late goal from Paul Pogba to edge Australia 2-1, while Peru blew its penalty, failed to convert its multitude of chances and fell to a stout Denmark side 1-0. Grant Wahl,, "VAR, Penalties Influential; Messi Demoralized By Iceland Draw at World Cup," 16 June 2018 Shelley has previously worked as a consultant with the NAACP and Democratic National Committee, and on a multitude of projects to address racial inequality in Baltimore. Christina Tkacik,, "ACLU Maryland appoints new executive director," 24 May 2018 And, in particular, would this process occur in males, who contribute sperm but not a womb and its multitude of hormones, cells and tissues to their children? Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "Do Fathers Who Exercise Have Smarter Babies?," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of multitude

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for multitude

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin multitudin-, multitudo, from multus much — more at meliorate

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English Language Learners Definition of multitude

: a great number of things or people

the multitude : ordinary or common people as a group


mul·​ti·​tude | \ ˈməl-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Kids Definition of multitude

: a great number of people or things a multitude of choices

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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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