many Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “many” in the English Dictionary

"many" in British English

See all translations

manydeterminer, pronoun

uk   /ˈmen.i/ us   /ˈmen.i/
A1 used mainly in negative sentences and questions and with "too", "so", and "as" to mean "a large number of": I don't have many clothes. Not many people have heard of him. There aren't very many weekends between now and Christmas. Were there many cars on the road? How many students are there in each class? Many people would disagree with your ideas. Rachel was at the party with her many admirers. I've met him so many times and I still can't remember his name! There are too many people chasing too few jobs. If there are only five of us going to the concert, then I've booked one too many seats. If there were as many women as there are men in parliament, the situation would be very different. As many as (= the surprisingly large number of) 6,000 people may have been infected with the disease. There are already twelve bottles of wine, so if I buy as many again (= another twelve bottles) we'll have enough. A good/great many people who voted for her in the last election will not be doing so this time. She had five children in as many (= in the same number of) years and decided it was enough.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

Grammar
(Definition of many from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"many" in American English

See all translations

manyadjective, pronoun

us   /ˈmen·i/ comparative more, superlative most
a large number (of), or a lot (of): Many people bought tickets for the concert. Rachel has so many friends that I couldn’t invite them all. How many years have you worked here? Not everyone could get a seat, and many (of the people) were unhappy with having to stand. Note: Many is used with countable nouns.
(Definition of many from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “many”
in Korean 많은…
in Arabic كَثير…
in Malaysian banyak…
in French beaucoup…
in Russian много…
in Chinese (Traditional) (主要用於否定句和疑問句中)許多…
in Italian molti, molte…
in Turkish birçok, çok…
in Polish wiele, dużo…
in Spanish muchos, mucho…
in Vietnamese nhiều, lắm…
in Portuguese muitos, muitas, demasiados…
in Thai มากมาย…
in German viele…
in Catalan molts…
in Japanese たくさん…
in Chinese (Simplified) 许多(主要用于否定句和疑问句中)…
in Indonesian banyak…
What is the pronunciation of many?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
by ,
May 25, 2016
by Liz Walter Enough is a very common word, but it is easy to make mistakes with it. You need to be careful about its position in a sentence, and the prepositions or verb patterns that come after it. I’ll start with the position of enough in the sentence. When we use it with a noun,

Read More 

Word of the Day

sunscreen

a substance that you put on your skin to prevent it from being damaged by the sun

Word of the Day

convo noun
convo noun
May 23, 2016
informal a conversation The convo around concussions mostly focuses on guys who play football, but Chastain thinks that this whole thing could be a headache for women too.

Read More