mul·​ti·​tude | \ ˈməl-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce multitude (audio) , -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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Among the multitude of fitness studios across the city, there are only a few with rosters that resemble an Oscars’ guest list. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "6 Celebrity-Favorite Fitness Studios in Los Angeles," 12 Apr. 2019 But in the face of the multitude of investigations over his leadership, by the EPA inspector general, the House oversight committee, the Government Accountability Office and the White House, Pruitt's status seems far from secure. Author: Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis, Anchorage Daily News, "EPA’s Pruitt admits role in aide’s pay raise but calls attacks on him politically motivated," 27 Apr. 2018 This study’s findings are yet another example of the multitude of problems Facebook faces in policing and understanding its own platform. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Nobody knows who was behind half of the divisive ads on Facebook ahead of the 2016 election," 18 Apr. 2018 By his life and illustrations, Jesus is still teaching us that regardless of the size of the multitude, God still places a high value on each person. Loren A. Yadon, idahostatesman, "In God’s sight, everyone matters | Idaho Statesman," 8 Apr. 2018 Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson are a few of the multitude of other players who will like their chances. Daniel Rapaport,, "Masters Round 1 Live Blog: Tracking Tiger Woods and All the Action on Thursday," 5 Apr. 2018 The two lofty and spacious courts invite us to savor monumental sculpture and architectural ornaments from a multitude of countries. Richard Cork, WSJ, "Worthy Imitations Worth a Visit," 18 Dec. 2018 That resilience may keep him in power for years to come even with a multitude of challenges, including a rapidly degenerating economy and a persisting insurgency in the northwest. Sarah El Deeb, The Seattle Times, "Syria’s Assad: Last man standing amid new Arab uprisings," 13 Apr. 2019 Sir Pippin seems to have a multitude of interests, from fine art to gingerbread houses. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Glenn Close's Dog Helped Her Accept an Award, Is a Very Good Boy," 4 Feb. 2019

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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
: ordinary or common people as a group


mul·​ti·​tude | \ ˈməl-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce multitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd\

Kids Definition of multitude

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

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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