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 The trouble is navigating numerous notoriously clunky dealer websites to find what's available around you. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Chevy Reportedly Offering 0% APR Deals on Used Bolt EVs, Volts," 18 Jan. 2021 Then word of the president’s last-minute weekend review and preliminary decisions to grant numerous pardons and commutations began to trickle out. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump prepares to offer clemency to more than 100 people in final hours in office," 18 Jan. 2021 Toomey, a Republican, has an ample supply of sweets, thanks to Pennsylvania’s numerous candy makers, including Hershey, Just Born confections and Palmer chocolates. Marisa Schultz, Fox News, "Pennsylvania Sen. Toomey thanks National Guard troops protecting Capitol with sweets," 17 Jan. 2021 There were reports of late delivery of voting material and insufficient material at numerous polling locations. David Mckenzie, CNN, "Ugandan President Museveni wins re-election in vote his rival says was rigged," 16 Jan. 2021 Before the collapse, Legacy was operating in more than 30 states and numerous countries. Globe Staff,, "Boston-based youth sports business Legacy Global Sports fails amid criminal inquiry," 16 Jan. 2021 Drummond and Allen together would not only be a hefty financial investment in a devalued position but also a cumbersome pairing that could lead to numerous snags when trying to allocate minutes and keep both starter-quality bigs happy. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Can Cleveland Cavaliers truly afford to trade Andre Drummond?," 16 Jan. 2021 And despite facing a Minnesota team that chucked up plenty of wild shots, the Wolverines could not close the deficit despite numerous runs that cut into the Gophers' lead, before collapsing and trailing by as much as 23 points. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball loses first game in sloppy, mistake-filled blowout at Minnesota, 75-57," 16 Jan. 2021 Josh Allen blossomed into a star this season by setting numerous franchise passing and scoring records, while finishing fourth in the NFL in completing 69.2% of his passes — a 10.45% jump over last year. Mark Heim |, al, "Ravens vs. Bills live stream (1/16): How to watch NFL Divisional round online, TV, time," 16 Jan. 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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23 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Numerous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 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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