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Too many to be counted (often used hyperbolically):‘innumerable flags of all colours’
countless, numerous, very many, manifold, multitudinous, multifarious, untold, incalculable, numberless, unnumbered, beyond numbera great number of, incalculable numbers of, endless numbers of, a multitude of, a multiplicity of, a raft of, more than one can count, too many to be countedumpteen, masses of, oodles of, no end of, loads of, stacks of, heaps of, bags of, zillions ofa slew of, a whole bunch of, gazillions of, bazillions oflankmyriad, legion, diversinnumerous, unnumberableView synonyms
- ‘I sat surrounded by flowers and portraits and innumerable tributes to him.’
- ‘And the innumerable accolades that have come his way seem to motivate him further.’
- ‘The pavements on the road are fast disappearing and there are innumerable potholes on the entire stretch.’
- ‘The book has been embraced by various cultures and intellectual societies in innumerable lands across the globe.’
- ‘A great portion of the book is devoted to chronicling her innumerable tours to various parts of the world.’
- ‘He saw comrades cut down around him and endured innumerable sufferings in the trenches but miraculously survived.’
- ‘If we tried to do a count of the similarities shared by all individual humans, we would find them to be innumerable.’
- ‘In my personal life I've lived in three major homes, stayed on innumerable floors and been to America a fair few times.’
- ‘But there is still a reminder of innumerable court cases in the imposing oak bench in court number five.’
- ‘My mother used to tell me a story about a young woman whose chief domestic duty was cooking for her innumerable brothers.’
- ‘Unfortunately it is often the cause of innumerable avoidable tragedies too.’
- ‘These small businesses play a vital role in the economies of innumerable coastal communities.’
- ‘The innumerable talks and discussions on budget in the city are amazing.’
- ‘Any artistic movement relies on innumerable people expressing similar feelings at the same time.’
- ‘Britain's history as a sea-faring nation has left our coastline peppered with innumerable wrecks.’
- ‘It is a scene which has been played out innumerable times on the streets of housing estates across the country.’
- ‘We appeared on websites and took innumerable calls from well-wishers.’
- ‘Staff at the school have innumerable anecdotes about how the children they look after take every meaning literally.’
- ‘Within ten minutes drive from San Pedro there are about two dozen golf courses, and innumerable building sites.’
- ‘There are innumerable programs on the market that do this - all protected by copyright.’
Middle English: from Latin innumerabilis, from in- not + numerabilis (see numerable).
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