Many definition

mĕnē
Frequency:
A large indefinite number.

A good many of the workers had the flu.

noun
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4
A large number of persons or things.
pronoun
16
3
Being one of a large indefinite number; numerous.

Many a child; many another day.

adjective
11
2
Amounting to or consisting of a large indefinite number.

Many friends.

adjective
12
4
A large number (of persons or things)
pluralNoun
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0
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A multitude; a great aggregate; a mass of people; the generality; the common herd.
noun
1
0
A considerable number.
noun
1
0
The majority of the people; the masses.
noun
4
4
Relatively numerous (preceded by as, too, etc.)
adjective
1
1
The definition of many is an indefinite, large number of people or things.

An example of many is the number of civilians killed in the war in Iraq.

adjective
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0
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A collective mass of people.

Democracy must balance the rights of the few against the will of the many.

A great many do not understand this.

pronoun
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An indefinite large number of people or things.

Many are called, but few are chosen.

pronoun
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Many persons or things.
pronoun
2
3
An indefinite large number of.

Many people enjoy playing chess; there are many different ways to cook a meal.

determiner
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1
Consisting of some large, indefinite number (of persons or things); numerous.
adjective
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2
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as many
  • The same number of:
    Moved three times in as many years.
idiom
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a good many
  • a relatively large number (of persons or things)
idiom
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0
a great many
  • an extremely large number (of persons or things)
idiom
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as many
  • the same number of
    To read ten books in as many days.
idiom
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be (one) too many for someone
  • to be more, stronger, etc. than someone can defeat or successfully deal with
idiom
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0
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have one too many
  • to become somewhat drunk
idiom
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so many
  • a finite but unspecified number of
    Works so many hours a week.
  • some number of or the same number of
    Acting like so many children.
idiom
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the many
  • the majority of people
  • the masses
idiom
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0

Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
many
Comparative:
more

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

as many
as many
be (one) too many for someone
have one too many
the many

Origin of many

  • Middle English from Old English manig menegh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The noun is from Middle English manye, *menye, from Old English manigeo, menigu (“company, multitude, host"), from Proto-Germanic *managō, *managį̄ (“multitude"), from the same root as the determiner. Cognate with Middle Low German menige, menie, menje (“multitude").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English many, mani, moni, from Old English maniÄ¡, moniÄ¡, maneÄ¡ (“many"), from Proto-Germanic *managaz (“some, much, many"), from Proto-Indo-European *monogÊ°o- (“many").

    From Wiktionary