many


many
many [men′ē]
adj.
more, most [ME < OE manig, akin to Ger manch (OHG manag) < IE base * menegh-, many, richly > Sans maghā-, gift, OIr menicc, abundant]
1. consisting of some large, indefinite number (of persons or things); numerous
2. relatively numerous (preceded by as, too, etc.)
pl.n.
a large number (of persons or things)
pron.
many persons or things The idiom many a (or an, another) followed by a singular noun or pronoun is equivalent to many followed by the corresponding plural (e.g., “ many a man has tried” means the same thing as “many men have tried”)
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a good many [with pl. v.]
a relatively large number (of persons or things)
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a great many [with pl. v.]
an extremely large number (of persons or things)
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as many
the same number of [to read ten books in as many days]
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be one too many for or be too many for
to defeat; overwhelm
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so many
1. a finite but unspecified number of [works so many hours a week]
2. some number of [acting like so many children]
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the many
1. the majority of people
2. the masses

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  • Many — Ma ny, a. & pron. Note: [It has no variation to express degrees of comparison; more and most, which are used for the comparative and superlative degrees, are from a different root.] [OE. mani, moni, AS. manig, m[ae]nig, monig; akin to D. menig,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Many a — Many Ma ny, a. & pron. Note: [It has no variation to express degrees of comparison; more and most, which are used for the comparative and superlative degrees, are from a different root.] [OE. mani, moni, AS. manig, m[ae]nig, monig; akin to D.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • many a/an — formal + literary used with a singular noun to refer to a large number of things or people It remained a mystery for many a year. [=for many years] I ve been there many a time. [=many times] Many a tale was told. [=many tales were told] Man …   Useful english dictionary

  • Many — Ma ny, n. [AS. menigeo, menigo, menio, multitude; akin to G. menge, OHG. manag[=i], menig[=i], Goth. managei. See {Many}, a.] 1. The populace; the common people; the majority of people, or of a community. [1913 Webster] After him the rascal many… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • many — many, several, sundry, various, divers, numerous, multifarious mean consisting of a large number or comprising a large group. Many implies a likeness between the individuals or units in class, category, kind, or sort; except that it vaguely… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Many — may refer to: plural A 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… …   Wikipedia

  • Many — Many …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Mány — Administration …   Wikipédia en Français

  • many — 1. Many, like much, tends to sound more formal in positive contexts (They have many friends) than in negative ones (They do not have many friends). In conversation and less formal written English, a lot of (or, even more informally, lots of) is… …   Modern English usage

  • Mány — Mány …   Wikipedia


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