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’
    • ‘These parties may win many of their votes on the race issue, but they win very few votes.’
    • ‘Over the past few weeks he has appeared in many of the smaller venues where he started out.’
    • ‘Many errors do not cause harm, but in many ways these are as important as those that do.’
    • ‘You may have weapons he seems to say, but we are still men and there are many of us.’
    • ‘From the point of view of the individual, trial by jury is a good thing for many reasons.’
    • ‘Towneley is the largest of Burnley's many parks and is a jewel in the crown of the town.’
    • ‘The hunt ride was a fixture of the event many years ago, but was reinstated this year.’
    • ‘There is a long way to go yet with these proposals, and possibly many changes to be made.’
    • ‘Cycling can and should be used when possible but for many it is simply not a viable option.’
    • ‘Over the years, many of those who used to be members have died or live in care homes.’
    • ‘I can warn you now that many of you are not going to like what I'm going to do with the place.’
    • ‘Irrespective of that fact, the message of the time is that too many of us use the car too much.’
    • ‘Worst of all, these were the very questions on the minds of many of the public back home.’
    • ‘At least two of them tend to accompany me on many of my journeys beyond these walls.’
    • ‘The council plans to bring in a private partner to run and manage many of its buildings.’
    • ‘They say the measure of the man is in the number and quality of friends he keeps and John had many.’
    • ‘Most of the hard work was done by women, since many of the men had gone off to find employment.’
    • ‘It is here that many people come as they prepare for their leap of faith across the border.’
    • ‘It was a time when many of his old so-called friends had dropped him like a hot potato.’
    • ‘He is also an expert in solar technology and many of the bus stops will run on solar and wind power.’
    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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as plural noun the many
  • The majority of people.

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

    • A large number.

      ‘a good many of us’
      • ‘Some people may indeed be educated but a great many more will be excited while others will be frightened and disturbed.’
      • ‘With his encouragement and praise, a great many of his friends and family learned to water-ski.’
      • ‘While she was never married and had no children of her own, she mothered a great many.’
      • ‘He may feel that they have suffered great injustice, which a great many of them have.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Johnson then went on to echo the thoughts of a great many at the time, even if their celebrations have proven a tad premature.’
      • ‘Of course, a great many of today's top entertainment types started out in street theatre.’
      • ‘I am sure that a great many of Wiltshire's citizens would be interested to hear if any positive action is to be taken.’
      • ‘It was completely inadequate and I'm going to make a great many more of them.’
  • have one too many

    • informal Become slightly drunk.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At this particular event, one British woman had one too many, as it were.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 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’
      • ‘He has a great voice, really excellent, and he's captured the attention of many a busy pub with his singing.’
      • ‘And they do it at great personal risk and with a view to saving many a precious life.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As a proportion of the electorate, they have a mandate so feeble it would make many a local councillor blush.’
      • ‘Clearly, Bristol is the place to be, these days, home to many a fine writer.’
      • ‘Room On The 3rd Floor is going to be the soundtrack to many a teenager's school holiday.’
      • ‘The sure-footed animal was easily kept and many a child owed its life to the milk of the humble goat.’
      • ‘Some had mist-filled eyes while many a countenance went white as a sheet of paper.’
      • ‘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.’
  • many's the —

    • Used to indicate that something happens often.

      ‘many's the time I've slept on her sofa’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As I had been offered many's the drink the night before, I offered around my figs and apricots.’
      • ‘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.’


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