Many Definition

mĕnē
more, most
adjective
more
Amounting to or consisting of a large indefinite number.
Many friends.
American Heritage
Consisting of some large, indefinite number (of persons or things); numerous.
Webster's New World
Relatively numerous (preceded by as, too, etc.)
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
noun
A large number (of persons or things)
Webster's New World
The majority of the people; the masses.
American Heritage
A large indefinite number.
A good many of the workers had the flu.
American Heritage
Antonyms:
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pronoun
Many persons or things.
Webster's New World

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.
Wiktionary
determiner

An indefinite large number of.

Many people enjoy playing chess; there are many different ways to cook a meal.
Wiktionary
idiom
as many
  • The same number of:

    moved three times in as many years.

American Heritage
a good many
  • a relatively large number (of persons or things)
Webster's New World
a great many
  • an extremely large number (of persons or things)
Webster's New World
as many
  • the same number of

    to read ten books in as many days

Webster's New World
be (one) too many for someone
  • to be more, stronger, etc. than someone can defeat or successfully deal with
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Many

Adjective

Base Form:
many
Comparative:
more

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Many

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").

    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

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

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

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