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

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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The extradition bill, particularly an attempt to fast track it through Hong Kong's semi-democratic legislature, has reinvigorated the city's flagging opposition movement after numerous setbacks. James Griffiths, CNN, "Mass protest in Hong Kong over law critics fear could allow China to snatch anyone," 8 June 2019 The movie’s sprawling cast had already rushed to the intimate cocktail shindig, and director Simon Kinberg, who had hung around after the screening to pose for pictures with numerous X-Men cosplayers, was also already there. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Dark Phoenix' Comic Creator on Pitching James Cameron and the 4-Page Memo That Made 'X-Men'," 8 June 2019 Within hours, numerous environmental groups issued statements rebuking the plan., "Governor, environmental groups rip Oregon’s new wolf plan," 8 June 2019 The deal brings to a close a 12-year odyssey during which the Condits had the condo on and off the market on numerous occasions, while also renting it out at times. Bob Goldsborough,, "Former Boeing CEO Phil Condit sells Streeterville condo with sweeping views for $2.4 million," 7 June 2019 Fire fallout: For the second straight year, smoke from a deadly Northern California fire wreaked havoc on the fall season, leading to numerous postponements and cancellations of championship events because of poor air quality. Mitch Stephens,, "High school sports year in review: Titles, tragedy and tumbles," 7 June 2019 While at Sequoia, Stevens played a pivotal role with numerous investments with companies including, Pixelworks, and Nvidia. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Friday, June 7," 7 June 2019 Okafor was being monitored by a county run home-confinement program at the time of the second attack, but had numerous curfew violations that were not reported to the judge in his case. Karina Elwood,, "13 years after man lost leg in crash with Orange County van, state approves $750K payout: ‘Some light at the end of the tunnel now’," 7 June 2019 After the price was lowered, Davis received numerous offers from contractors. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Meth-contaminated row home in Denver selling for $500,000," 7 June 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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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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