Meaning of “many” in the English Dictionary


"many" in English

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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.

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

"many" in American English

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manyadjective, pronoun

us /ˈmen·i/ comparative more, superlative most

a large number (of), or a lot (of):

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)