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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On numerous occasions, courts have been asked to decide if the operator of a haunted house is liable when a visitor’s fright leads to injury. Randy Maniloff, WSJ, "But Your Honor, It Was Halloween!," 30 Oct. 2018 The similarities between This Is Us and A Million Little Things are numerous, from the way both shows are shot to the gooey emotional center. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "If You Like This Is Us, Then You'll Love A Million Little Things," 26 Sep. 2018 That said, Chopra and Jonas have made no secret of their relationship, and have been pictured out and about on numerous occasions—not to mention all of that Instagram flirting. The Editors, Marie Claire, "Nick Jonas' Family Arrive in India for His Engagement Party With Priyanka Chopra," 17 Aug. 2018 Just last week she was seen in Woodland Hills out wearing a utility belt, and she’s been spotted on numerous occasions styling her spandex with a fanny pack. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West Takes On This Geeky Tourist Accessory," 24 July 2018 The day featured live music by Jim Ferguson, and a Dog Day Costume Parade that brought out numerous local pooches. Melanie Savage, Courant Community, "Lebanon Farmers Market In Full Swing," 11 July 2018 Kampe, who has sent numerous players to the NBA, most recently point guard Kay Felder in 2016, believes the Warriors made a good decision signing Nunn, last season's Horizon League player of the year. Chris Nelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Golden State Warriors thoroughly vetted Kendrick Nunn before signing," 30 June 2018 Besides Harrity, the Bulldogs lost two other starters and numerous role players to graduation. Bob Narang, Lake County News-Sun, "Ally's all-in: Ally Mahinay may not play basketball in college, but looks to lead Grant this season as a senior," 28 June 2018 John, the oldest, and his brother Chuck were sent to a state home and later rotated through numerous foster homes, while Mike, the youngest, lived with relatives. Anne M. Hamilton,, "He Brought His Skill For Teaching, Knack For Colonial Buildings To Coventry," 15 July 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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