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Meaning of “many” in the English Dictionary

"many" in British English

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manydeterminer, pronoun

uk   us   /ˈmen.i/
A1 used ​mainly in ​negativesentences and ​questions and with "too", "so", and "as" to ​mean "a ​largenumber 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 ​yourideas. 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 ​peoplechasing 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 ​surprisinglylargenumber 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 ​largenumber (of), or a lot (of): Many ​peopleboughttickets 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 mucho, muchos…
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…
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