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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Examples of multitude in a Sentence

a candidate trying to appeal to the multitude awed by the multitude of stars in the night sky
Recent Examples on the Web In an address to the nation, Modi said the financial package was equivalent to 10 percent of India's gross domestic product, and was aimed at helping the multitudes of people out of work as well as businesses reeling under the prolonged shutdown. NBC News, "Restaurants are open again in Texas — with some big changes. Is it safe to eat out?," 13 May 2020 Check out the Spa at Silver Legacy or the multitude of hot springs in the area for a relaxing day of romance. Claire Trageser, Travel + Leisure, "The 50 Best Romantic Getaways," 28 Apr. 2020 Untold decades of backing despots and death squads in Latin America produced the multitudes of desperate migrants who have come to our borders, pleading for help. Kevin Baker, Harper's Magazine, "The Striking Gesture," 27 Apr. 2020 Upon receiving the digital recordings, Nakagawa will use Pro Tools software to create a sound collage that interweaves the multitude of voices into a single composition. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Sound Artist Is Asking People to Record COVID-19 Haikus," 11 Apr. 2020 But due to the multitude of worldwide travel restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of those perks are not currently accessible. Madison Flager, Condé Nast Traveler, "Chase Sapphire Reserve Cardholders Will Get $100 Back on Their Annual Fee," 2 Apr. 2020 Making sense out of human flaws Left out of plague accounts are the names of the multitudes who died in them. Joel Christensen, The Conversation, "Plagues follow bad leadership in ancient Greek tales," 12 Mar. 2020 This process is intended to produce solutions for the prioritization, organization, and phasing of remedy programs, and to appropriately address the multitude of factors contributing to the complexity of these recall programs. Clifford Atiyeh And Rusty Blackwell, Car and Driver, "Massive Takata Airbag Recall: Everything You Need to Know, Including Full List of Affected Vehicles," 21 Feb. 2020 Perhaps attaching your name to a legal document may not seem monumental when considering the multitude of efforts to overthrow Roe v. Wade alone, but this move is undoubtedly intended to send a message. Mekita Rivas,, "Republicans Are Kicking Off 2020 By Trying To Overturn Roe V. Wade — Again," 3 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of multitude was in the 14th century

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28 May 2020

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“Multitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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