Definition of numerous in English:



  • 1Great in number; many.

    ‘he has attended numerous meetings and social events’
    • ‘Landrieu had been on the senate floor opposing those budget cuts on numerous occasions.’
    • ‘Anglicans were the most numerous in the city, with Quakers a close second.’
    • ‘His aggressive, diabolical performance earned widespread critical praise and numerous British stage awards.’
    • ‘Wilson has received numerous awards and honors, including the National Medal of Science.’
    • ‘There are also numerous examples in the USA, where he has long been popular.’
    • ‘Community care legislation has grown piecemeal though numerous statutes over the last half century.’
    • ‘And of course television news is even worse, as numerous studies have shown.’
    • ‘The nominees are too numerous to mention - but you can see them all here.’
    • ‘There are also numerous other prizes to be won.’
    • ‘Sixty-five U.S. investigations have been launched as well as numerous international studies.’
    • ‘Productivity is notoriously difficult to measure, as numerous studies have found.’
    • ‘The far more numerous examples of human goodness are barely noticed.’
    • ‘Cookery books became ever more numerous, directed now at servants as well as housewives.’
    • ‘He won numerous awards - many of which were documented by the Evening Press.’
    • ‘By that time, chess had taken root and chess events became more numerous.’
    • ‘Despite numerous complaints from the whole of the queue, the cashier did nothing.’
    • ‘But the Atlantic cod was by far the most numerous, valuable and important.’
    • ‘The result is that numerous museums all over the country are making exciting new acquisitions.’
    • ‘They became so numerous during the Palaeozoic era that their remains often form vast thicknesses of limestone.’
    • ‘Winifred related that numerous calls to the education office were in vain.’
    many, a lot of, a great many, very many, countless, scores of, innumerable
    several, quite a few, various, diverse
    a great number of, a great deal of, plenty of, copious, a quantity of, quantities of, an abundance of, a profusion of, a multitude of
    lots of, umpteen, loads of, masses of, stacks of, heaps of, piles of, bags of, tons of, oodles of, scads of, dozens of, hundreds of, thousands of, millions of, billions of, zillions of, more ... than one can shake a stick at
    a shedload of
    a slew of, a bunch of, gazillions of, bazillions of
    a swag of
    a shitload of
    myriad, multitudinous
    numberless, innumerous
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    1. 1.1 Consisting of many members.
      ‘the orchestra and chorus were numerous’
      • ‘You know, insects are the most numerous group of species on this planet?’


Late Middle English: from Latin numerosus, from numerus a number.