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 Grenache co-stars in numerous blends with Syrah and Mourvèdre in southern France, Australia and other places. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, "Grenache, An Unsung Hero In The Vineyards," 26 Feb. 2021 Tennis buffs can practice their swings at the Columbia Association’s three outdoor tennis clubs and 10 indoor tennis courts ( or at one of numerous courts at the county’s parks or private tennis facilities., "Guide to Howard County 2021: Recreation," 25 Feb. 2021 And as the movie's title cards note, the U.S. government has had numerous opportunities to condemn lynching and has failed to do so as recently as last June. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "In 'The United States vs. Billie Holiday,' Andra Day is impressive but the movie falters," 25 Feb. 2021 Growth relies on numerous factors (value drivers), some of which aren’t as obvious as cash flow. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner, The Enquirer, "BusinessWise: Know the value of your business," 25 Feb. 2021 Libertyville coach Mike Jones has mentored numerous standout offensive linemen at Libertyville, notably David Moosman (Michigan), Tyler Jost (Yale) and Charlie Schmidt (Northwestern). Bob Narang,, "Recruiting notes: Junior tackle Josh Sears can emulate several former Libertyville linemen who played in college. It starts with his father.," 25 Feb. 2021 Manning retired following the 2015 season as the league's all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns, among numerous other accomplishments, but has since been eclipsed by Brady and Drew Brees on those prestigious lists. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Buccaneers QB coach: One reason Tom Brady came to Tampa Bay was to take the Peyton Manning challenge," 25 Feb. 2021 There are numerous potential targets for Fey and Poehler to choose from for Sunday's opening monologue: men and women from the worlds of show business, politics, social media and Wall Street. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Tina Fey and Amy Poehler used to rock the Golden Globes, but can they do it in 2021?," 25 Feb. 2021 Thanks to the numerous puzzles, the Mantyplay Sensory Fidget Toys Set will work to develop thinking skills. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Fidget Toys for Stress Relief," 25 Feb. 2021

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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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28 Feb 2021

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“Numerous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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