Definition of many in English:


adjective, determiner, & pronoun

  • A large number of.

    [as determiner] ‘many people agreed with her’
    [as pronoun] ‘the solution to many of our problems’
    ‘many think bungee jumping is a new craze’
    [as adjective] ‘one of my many errors’
    numerous, a good deal of, a great deal of, a lot of, a great number of, a large number of, great quantities of, plenty of, countless, innumerable, scores of, crowds of, droves of, an army of, a horde of, a multitude of, a multiplicity of, multitudinous, numberless, multiple, untold
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  • The majority of people.

    ‘music for the many’
    • ‘This is an incredible case of where the needs of the many are trampled on for the needs of the one.’
    • ‘Troy depicts a war fought for the gain of the few and paid for in the blood and tears of the many.’
    • ‘It would be done not only by the cheques of a few, but by the pence of the many, he said.’
    the people, the common people, the masses, the multitude, the majority, the populace, the public, the rank and file, the crowd, the commonalty, the commonality
    the people, the common people, the masses, the multitude, the majority, the populace, the public, the rank and file, the crowd, the commonalty, the commonality
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  • as many

    • The same number of.

      ‘changing his mind for the third time in as many months’
      • ‘It's the second time in as many weeks that someone has asked me to play a zombie in a film or show.’
      • ‘There were as many of them as there were of us and for a while it seemed pretty laid back.’
      • ‘The firm backed down and decided to give the pub its third name in as many weeks.’
      • ‘It is the third time in as many years that ownership of the prime precinct has changed.’
      • ‘It is the second time a poll on the matter has been called for in as many months.’
      • ‘This is the fourth time in just about as many months that the glass has been smashed by vandals.’
      • ‘Vale kept up the pressure and two goals in as many minutes put them firmly in the driving seat.’
      • ‘This is the third time we have met in as many months, but there is always a lot to talk about.’
      • ‘From Cnidos you could tick off three of the wonders of the world in almost as many days.’
  • a good (or great) many

    • A large number.

      ‘a good many of us’
      • ‘Johnson then went on to echo the thoughts of a great many at the time, even if their celebrations have proven a tad premature.’
      • ‘So strong is the state of mind that a great many of the acts of bias, perhaps the majority of them, are quite unconscious.’
      • ‘The problem is that while there are a great many of them, they simply don't spend money like young people do.’
      • ‘I am sure that a great many of Wiltshire's citizens would be interested to hear if any positive action is to be taken.’
      • ‘Some people may indeed be educated but a great many more will be excited while others will be frightened and disturbed.’
      • ‘It was completely inadequate and I'm going to make a great many more of them.’
      • ‘With his encouragement and praise, a great many of his friends and family learned to water-ski.’
      • ‘Of course, a great many of today's top entertainment types started out in street theatre.’
      • ‘He may feel that they have suffered great injustice, which a great many of them have.’
      • ‘While she was never married and had no children of her own, she mothered a great many.’
  • have one too many

    • informal Become slightly drunk.

      • ‘York landlords could soon be fined for serving people who have had one too many.’
      • ‘I only had one drink, but this man got sick on me - he'd obviously had one too many or else he couldn't hold his liquor.’
      • ‘This is an eye-opener of a place that looks like the architect got a job lot of steel, had one too many and then set about designing it.’
      • ‘We had been out the night before and probably had one too many.’
      • ‘They go out on the town, he has one too many and is picked up by Michelle's character, Cyrenne.’
      • ‘It was obvious he had already had one too many to drink tonight.’
      • ‘Trouble is, if you rang Essex police to say you'd had one too many for the road, they wouldn't give you a tow.’
      • ‘If you start losing too much too quickly, many poker sites will crack down with the vigilance of a watchful bartender who cuts you off after you've had one too many.’
      • ‘According to research by Virgin Mobile, out of the 60 million texts sent daily in December, 15 million of them are sent by people who have had one too many.’
      • ‘At this particular event, one British woman had one too many, as it were.’
  • many a ——

    • A large number of.

      ‘many a good man has been destroyed by booze’
      ‘John and I have talked about it many a time’
      • ‘And they do it at great personal risk and with a view to saving many a precious life.’
      • ‘The sure-footed animal was easily kept and many a child owed its life to the milk of the humble goat.’
      • ‘He has a great voice, really excellent, and he's captured the attention of many a busy pub with his singing.’
      • ‘As for the need to repay one of Ireland's richest men, it can only be assumed that he has granted many a favour down the years.’
      • ‘As a proportion of the electorate, they have a mandate so feeble it would make many a local councillor blush.’
      • ‘Some had mist-filled eyes while many a countenance went white as a sheet of paper.’
      • ‘Clearly, Bristol is the place to be, these days, home to many a fine writer.’
      • ‘Most of the SUVs sport luxurious interiors, which would put many a family car to shame.’
      • ‘His kids will be crying as much as mine for many a Christmas to come.’
      • ‘Room On The 3rd Floor is going to be the soundtrack to many a teenager's school holiday.’
  • many's the ——

    • Used to indicate that something happens often.

      ‘many's the time I've slept on her sofa’
      • ‘Before he became a major romantic poet, and before he met his lifelong pal Chapman, Keats, like many's the young writer before him and since, worked for a time in a bar in Paris.’
      • ‘When I campaigned to have football's maximum wage abolished back in the 1960s, many's the letterbox I had to dump my load through to press home our point.’
      • ‘She knows she doesn't have to ring the doorbell before she comes in, and many's the time I have been woken by her as she travels to her surgery in the morning.’
      • ‘As I had been offered many's the drink the night before, I offered around my figs and apricots.’
      • ‘As you might imagine, many's the time I have been stopped by a well-wisher keen to thank me for boosting the cultural capital of this city.’
      • ‘Congratulations on your superb site; many's the time you've made me laugh when I've been down, and I've always appreciated it.’
      • ‘I've worked for many years in the tightfisted business of newspapers and magazines, and many's the year that I haven't gotten a 3% raise.’
      • ‘Cars were still relatively new and many's the tale I've heard of wagons laden with hand-picked cotton that were so heavy the mules strained to pull the enormous load.’
      • ‘And she's right, of course, a lot of people do have stories to tell from their early days - many's the time I've been regaled by tales of being dropped by a major by the chap I'm buying shoelaces off of.’
      • ‘Jane Eyre gave me the creeps, too; many's the night I've awoken in a cold sweat from a dream in which a madwoman torches the attic above my sleeping head.’


Old English manig, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch menig and German manch.