Many definitions

mĕn'ē
Amounting to or consisting of a large indefinite number.

Many friends.

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Being one of a large indefinite number; numerous.

Many a child; many another day.

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The majority of the people; the masses.
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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.

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A large indefinite number.

A good many of the workers had the flu.

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A large number of persons or things.
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Consisting of some large, indefinite number (of persons or things); numerous.
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Relatively numerous (preceded by as, too, etc.)
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A large number (of persons or things)
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Many persons or things.
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An indefinite large number of.

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

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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.

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An indefinite large number of people or things.

Many are called, but few are chosen.

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A multitude; a great aggregate; a mass of people; the generality; the common herd.
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A considerable number.
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Origin of many

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").