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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The greatest postpartum need is for mental health services and contraception, according to numerous providers, neither of which CHIP covers. Nina Martin, ProPublica, "The Extraordinary Danger of Being Pregnant and Uninsured in Texas," 8 Dec. 2019 The Chronicle found numerous factors that contribute to San Francisco’s now astronomical housing development costs. Roland Li,, "SF is one of the most expensive places in the world to build housing. Here’s why," 8 Dec. 2019 Davis’ properties, which are numerous in Houston, include Hotel Icon, Cosmopolitan, Gotham, Metropolis, and Astoria. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Condo Life: Building spotlight — The Manhattan," 7 Dec. 2019 The reason why Ole Miss had to vacate those wins because the NCAA found the school committed numerous recruiting violations — including some by Kiffin’s brother, former Rebels defensive line coach Chris Kiffin. Tim Reynolds, Arkansas Online, "Kiffin hired as Ole Miss head coach," 7 Dec. 2019 The Lions had numerous playmakers score in a variety of games this fall, and Luthe said part of that is a testament to Kent’s ability to make sure all of his teammates are involved on the field. Megan Woodward,, "Football Player of the Year: Liberty’s Nate Kent used ‘competitiveness’ to help Lions find success," 7 Dec. 2019 Essential to good governance & comity, Washington attorneys like him are more numerous than the jokes would allow. George Weigel, National Review, "Remembering Rob Odle," 2 Dec. 2019 For vacationers who’d prefer that someone else make the beds and clean the bathrooms, hotel options are numerous and range from luxury to budget. Iris Van Rynbach,, "Rincon, Puerto Rico, an ideal destination for a family vacation," 10 Nov. 2019 Although plasma donation centers aren’t nearly as numerous as blood banks, they are located across the country. Megan Ryan, STAT, "My life depends on medicine made from plasma. The plasma shortage worries me," 8 Nov. 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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The first known use of numerous was in the 15th century

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11 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Numerous.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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