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


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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There are numerous big issues about the state of teaching. Alan J. Borsuk, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Borsuk: Literacy may not be a constitutional right, but it's a life imperative," 6 July 2018 Bikeshare is searching for revenue, and numerous regulatory issues remain muddled or unsolved. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How Lyft’s bikeshare investment might change how we get around cities," 3 July 2018 Slack, the messaging tool used by businesses worldwide, has been experiencing numerous connectivity issues throughout Wednesday morning. Jonathan Sperling, Fortune, "Slack Goes Down Due to 'Connectivity Issues'," 27 June 2018 There's also numerous issues that this report doesn't address, from the handling of the Russia investigation itself to issues like how Comey dealt with his memos memorializing his conversations with Trump. Marshall Cohen, CNN, "6 takeaways from the Justice watchdog report on the Clinton email investigation," 14 June 2018 Monika Caryk has uttered numerous statements wishing my unborn child dead. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Wife of NHL Star Accuses Teammate's Fiancée of Cyberbullying and 'Wishing My Unborn Child Dead'," 13 June 2018 As a result, Henry was blindsided when Kwatinetz turned on Sabi and Al-Rumaihi, accusing them of investing in the League simply to get close to Bannon, accusing them of being connected to terrorism, and making numerous outlandish statements. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Ice Cube's BIG3 Slammed With New Lawsuit Alleging Steve Bannon Friend Created Hostile Workplace," 11 June 2018 There really are too many to go over every way the four accounts interacted, liked, prowled, and posted on Twitter, but there are a few things that are interesting considering today’s numerous statements. Sarah Todd,, "Barbara Bottini's Twitter act cost Bryan Colangelo his job with Sixers," 7 June 2018 Campa-Najjar promoted a Democratic vision of numerous issues, from health care to immigration to gun safety. Michael Smolens,, "Republicans working without a net in Rep. Hunter's district," 7 June 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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The first known use of numerous was in the 15th century

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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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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