multitude

noun
mul·​ti·​tude | \ ˈməl-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce multitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd \

Definition of multitude

1 : the state of being many … the mind falters, confused by the multitude and yet the harmony of the detail …— Theodore Dreiser
2 : a great number : host a multitude of choices a multitude of complaints
3 : a great number of people A multitude gathered to hear the governor's speech.
4 : populace, public a candidate trying to appeal to the multitude

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Examples of multitude in a Sentence

a candidate trying to appeal to the multitude awed by the multitude of stars in the night sky
Recent Examples on the Web While obesity is a complex health issue that can be caused by a multitude of factors, the study used national surveys to show a possible link between the unhealthy habits. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 4 Apr. 2022 The serious road runners show up in force and they were joined by a multitude of participants who were eager to get into the festive spirit of the race. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, 2 Dec. 2021 The 15-week restriction has been stayed pending a court ruling, but the clinic, restricted by a multitude of other state laws, performs abortions only up to 16 weeks. New York Times, 30 Nov. 2021 The global supply chain has been buffeted by a multitude of problems, from factories having to close due to COVID-19 surges, a lack of containers to ship items in, backups at ports and warehouses, and a shortage of truckers. Mae Anderson, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Oct. 2021 The global supply chain has been buffeted by a multitude of problems, from factories having to close due to COVID-19 surges, a lack of containers to ship items in, backups at ports and warehouses, and a shortage of truckers. Mae Anderson, ajc, 26 Oct. 2021 Picturing the daily work of the two policemen faced by a multitude of potential threats but without the resources to monitor them, the series depicts their job as a kind of almost impossible risk management, Amberger said. John Hopewell, Variety, 12 Oct. 2021 Barella, Bastoni and Skriniar are liked by a multitude of clubs across Europe, and there would be no shortage of suitors for any of them. Emmet Gates, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 While there is a multitude of individual aesthetic choices that must be made in logo design, the end result can really be broken down into four important categories. Zaheer Dodhia, Forbes, 3 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of multitude

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for multitude

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin multitudin-, multitudo, from multus much — more at meliorate

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The first known use of multitude was in the 14th century

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22 Jun 2022

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“Multitude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/multitude. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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multitude

noun
mul·​ti·​tude | \ ˈməl-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce multitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd \

Kids Definition of multitude

: a great number of people or things a multitude of choices

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