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.

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 Jake Clemente and Roman Anthony have come up big for Stoneman Douglas’ baseball team on numerous occasions this year. Franco Panizo, Sun Sentinel, 21 May 2022 There are numerous ways to recognize employees, including handwritten notes from supervisors, years of service awards, kudos on social media for successful projects, formal programs and monetary rewards related to company goals. Michael Timmes, Forbes, 20 May 2022 On numerous occasions, Curry Zoomed with professors at 10 or 11 p.m. ET because that was the only time his basketball, parenting and sponsorship obligations afforded. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 May 2022 The Pacific Ocean pipeline was among numerous study items the Water Development Commission voted to put on its official to-do list for the coming year. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 May 2022 Millions of people have suffered the horrible effects of Covid in numerous ways. Baltimore Sun, 18 May 2022 Previous lottery winners have benefited by mistake in numerous ways in recent years. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Swing by this eclectic bistro for brunch or lunch, for highlights including gravy-smothered buttermilk biscuits, $5 mimosas, stacked burgers, soups, salads, and shrimp tossed and sautéed in numerous ways. Adrianne Reece, Chron, 12 May 2022 The event can be accessed by members of the public in numerous ways, organizers said. Chicago Tribune, 3 May 2022 See More

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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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23 May 2022

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“Numerous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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