nu·​mer·​ous | \ ˈnüm-rəs, 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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Richard Darby, 43, was arrested on numerous felony charges. Michael Williams,, "Blue Spring State Park employee arrested on child-porn charges, deputies say," 10 July 2018 Despite the numerous charges against Weinstein, and allegations of misconduct or inappropriate behavior by dozens of Hollywood women, his lawyer, Weinstein continues to pursue a career., "Harvey Weinstein Is Reportedly Acting As A Paralegal As He Pleads Not Guilty (Again)," 9 July 2018 The choke points in the relief effort are numerous. John Lyons, WSJ, "Survivors of Indonesian Quake and Tsunami Scrounge for Staples," 3 Oct. 2018 Nordbruch noted that the 24,000 rightwing, neo-Nazi extremists in Germany are more numerous than the Salafists and sworn to a more visible violence. Fox News, "Germany's Salafist Muslim children being radicalized faster and younger: intelligence report," 24 Aug. 2018 Franklin's accolades over her long career were numerous. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, Has Died at 76," 16 Aug. 2018 Overall, engine failure rates in South Korea were no more numerous than in other countries where BMW has used the same software and hardware, BMW has said. Kim Tong-hyung, The Seattle Times, "South Korea bans driving BMWs under recall due to fires," 14 Aug. 2018 Activist groups have filed numerous lawsuits accusing the Trump administration of improper delays and other violations of statutory requirements. Heidi Vogt, WSJ, "Trump Administration Sued Over Giraffes and Endangered Species List," 6 Dec. 2018 Since then, Mueller’s ongoing investigation has unearthed numerous crimes that have led to indictments or guilty pleas from 33 individuals and three companies. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation, explained," 6 Dec. 2018

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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

: existing in large numbers


nu·​mer·​ous | \ ˈnü-mə-rəs, ˈnyü-\

Kids Definition of numerous

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

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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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