so many


: constituting an unspecified number
can only read so many chapters each night
: constituting a group or pack
behaved like so many animals

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Because so many Black people die young — with many years of life ahead of them — their higher mortality rate from 1999 to 2020 resulted in a cumulative loss of more than 80 million years of life compared with the white population, the study showed. Liz Szabo, Anchorage Daily News, 17 May 2023 That latter part is what still resonates with so many. Hazlitt, 26 Apr. 2023 There is a split in Rumyantsev’s family, as there is in so many. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 17 Apr. 2023 And thank you for working hard delivering our mail for so many years. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 13 Apr. 2023 Quimby never pays to advertise her sales since there are so many free online options. Samantha S. Thorpe, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Apr. 2023 There were so many people who loved both SWV and Xscape. Breanna Bell, Variety, 12 Apr. 2023 Like so many restaurant workers, Johnston, 39, and Sedlacek, 35, had been laid off during the pandemic. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Apr. 2023 As with so many other protective female animals, never get between a mama hippo and her young, Templer said. Forrest Brown, CNN, 12 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of so many was in 1533

Dictionary Entries Near so many

Cite this Entry

“So many.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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