nu·​mer·​ous | \ ˈnüm-rəs How to pronounce numerous (audio) , ˈnü-mə-; ˈnyüm-, ˈnyü-mə-\

Definition of numerous

: consisting of great numbers of units or individuals born into a numerous family also : many received numerous complaints The people I'd like to thank are too numerous to mention.

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Other Words from numerous

numerously adverb
numerousness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for numerous


beaucoup [slang], legion, many, multifold, multiple, multiplex, multitudinous



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Examples of numerous in a Sentence

She decided to leave for numerous reasons. The birds are becoming more numerous in this area.

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Getty Images Getty Images Getty Images Of course, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Queen are actually great friends, and attended numerous royal occasions together over the years. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's First Solo Royal Engagement with the Queen, Compared to their 2012 Appearance," 19 Mar. 2019 President Trump and numerous administration officials have said lax asylum laws have encouraged migrants by the thousands to come to the U.S. illegally, but the administration has faced setbacks in attempts to limit asylum seekers. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "Maine’s Largest City Strains Under Asylum-Seeker Influx," 27 Jan. 2019 Bloomberg, meanwhile, cites numerous national security officials and Amazon insiders as its sources. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Tiny Chinese Microchips Reportedly Found Hidden in Amazon, Apple Servers," 4 Oct. 2018 His comments were echoed by numerous other ex-military officials. David Roberts, Vox, "Putting a dollar value on one of oil’s biggest subsidies: military protection," 21 Sep. 2018 With the zero-tolerance policy in effect in between the border ports of entry, numerous officials, including U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the head of CBP, urged asylum seekers to head to the ports instead. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "More families arrived at Arizona border in June despite separation threat," 6 July 2018 Prosecutors contend proceeds from both the drug sales and haircuts were intermingled and used to buy numerous properties and business locations. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Feds to auction off heroin-tainted barber shops," 6 July 2018 Ever since bitcoin’s anonymous creation, numerous people have come forward claiming to be Nakamoto; online conspiracy theories and journalistic investigations have fingered one Satoshi after another. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "Did Satoshi Nakamoto Write This Book Excerpt? A Wired Investigation," 1 July 2018 For decades, Queen Elizabeth's corgis were numerous. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Helped a Distressed War Doctor by Having Him Pet Her Corgis," 27 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of numerous

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for numerous

Middle English, from Latin numerosus, from numerus

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English Language Learners Definition of numerous

somewhat formal : existing in large numbers


nu·​mer·​ous | \ ˈnü-mə-rəs How to pronounce numerous (audio) , ˈnyü-\

Kids Definition of numerous

: consisting of a large number : many She has numerous friends.

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