AskDefine | Define many

Dictionary Definition

many adj : a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `as' or `too' or `so' or `that'; amounting to a large but indefinite number; "many temptations"; "the temptations are many"; "a good many"; "a great many"; "many directions"; "take as many apples as you like"; "too many clouds to see"; "never saw so many people" [ant: few]

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English

Etymology

manig, monig, from *manago-, from *monogʰo-. Cognate with West Frisian mannich, Dutch menig, German manch; and with Russian многий, Scottish Gaelic minig.

Pronunciation

  • a UK /ˈmɛnɪ/, /"mEnI/
  • a US /ˈmɛni/, /"mEni/
  • Rhymes with: -ɛni
  • Hyphenation: man·y

Determiner

( more, most)
  1. An indefinite large number of.
    Many people enjoy using dictionaries
    There are many different ways to define a word
  2. 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.
  3. An indefinite large number of people or things.
    Many are called, but few are chosen.

Derived terms

Translations

an indefinite large number of

Translations

a collective mass of people

Quotations

  • 1611 — King James Version of the Bible, Luke 1:1
    Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us...

Translations

an indefinite large number of people or things

Extensive Definition

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Headline text

Many may refer to:
  • plural
  • A huge quantifier that can be used with count nouns - often preceded by "as" or "too" or "so" or "that"; amounting to a large but indefinite number; "many temptations"; "a good many"; "many directions"; more than a few, more than several black.
  • Many, a commune of the Moselle département, in France
  • Mány, a village in Hungary
  • Many, Louisiana, a town in Louisiana, United States mouth
  • The Many, the main eloy antagonist of the computer game System Shock 2
many in Volapük: Many

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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