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adj. more (môr), most (mōst)
1. Amounting to or consisting of a large indefinite number: many friends.
2. Being one of a large indefinite number; numerous: many a child; many another day.
n. (used with a pl. verb)
1. The majority of the people; the masses: "The many fail, the one succeeds" (Tennyson).
2. A large indefinite number: A good many of the workers had the flu.
pron. (used with a pl. verb)
A large number of persons or things: "For many are called, but few are chosen" (Matthew 22:14).
as many
The same number of: moved three times in as many years.

[Middle English, from Old English manig; see menegh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]


a. a large number of: many coaches; many times.
b. (as pronoun; functioning as plural): many are seated already.
2. (foll by: a, an, or another, and a singular noun) each of a considerable number of: many a man.
a. a great number of: as many apples as you like; too many clouds to see.
b. (as pronoun; functioning as plural): I have as many as you.
the many the majority of mankind, esp the common people: the many are kept in ignorance while the few prosper. Compare few7
[Old English manig; related to Old Frisian manich, Middle Dutch menech, Old High German manag]


(ˈmɛn i)

adj. more, most,
n., pron. adj.
1. constituting or forming a large number; numerous: many people.
2. noting each one of a large number (usu. fol. by a or an): For many a day it rained.
3. a large or considerable number of persons or things: A good many of the beggars were blind.
4. the many, the greater part of humankind.
5. many persons or things: Many were unable to attend.
many a time, again and again; frequently.
[before 900; Old English manig, menig, c. Old High German manag, menig, Old Norse mangr]
syn: many, numerous, innumerable, manifold imply the presence of a large number of units. many is a general word that refers to a large but indefinite number of units or individuals: many years ago; many friends and supporters. numerous, a more formal word, stresses the individual and separate quality of the units: to receive numerous letters. innumerable denotes a number that is too large to be counted or, more loosely, that is very difficult to count: the innumerable stars. manifold implies that the number is large, but also varied or complex: manifold responsibilities.


 a large number; a company; multitude of people: the many, 1688.


1. 'many' used in front of a plural noun

You use many immediately in front of the plural form of a noun to talk about a large number of people or things.

Many young people worry about their weight.
Her music is popular in many countries.

In positive statements, 'many' is slightly formal, and a lot of is often used instead.

A lot of people agree with this view.
See lot

In questions and negative statements, many is usually used rather than 'a lot of'.

Do many people in your country speak English?
There are not many books in the library.
2. 'many of'

To refer to a large number of the people or things in a particular group, you use many of in front of a plural pronoun, or in front of a plural noun phrase beginning with the, these, those, or a possessive such as my or their.

Many of them were forced to leave their homes.
Many of the plants had been killed by cold weather.
Many of his books are still available.
3. 'many' used as a pronoun

Many is sometimes used as a pronoun to refer to a large group of people or things. This is a fairly formal use.

Many have asked themselves whether this was the right thing to do.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'many' or 'many of' before an uncountable noun, to talk about a large quantity or amount of something. Use much or much of.

See much
4. 'many more'

You can use many with more to emphasize the difference in size between two groups of people or things.

I have many more friends here than I did in my home town.
We have had many more problems recently than before.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.many - a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `as' or `too' or `so' or `that'many - a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `as' or `too' or `so' or `that'; amounting to a large but indefinite number; "many temptations"; "the temptations are many"; "a good many"; "a great many"; "many directions"; "take as many apples as you like"; "too many clouds to see"; "never saw so many people"
more - (comparative of `many' used with count nouns) quantifier meaning greater in number; "a hall with more seats"; "we have no more bananas"; "more than one"
some - quantifier; used with either mass nouns or plural count nouns to indicate an unspecified number or quantity; "have some milk"; "some roses were still blooming"; "having some friends over"; "some apples"; "some paper"
few - a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `a'; a small but indefinite number; "a few weeks ago"; "a few more wagons than usual"; "an invalid's pleasures are few and far between"; "few roses were still blooming"; "few women have led troops in battle"


1. numerous, various, varied, countless, abundant, myriad, innumerable, sundry, copious, manifold, umpteen (informal), profuse, multifarious, multitudinous, multifold, divers (archaic) He had many books and papers on the subject.
1. a lot, lots (informal), plenty, a mass, scores, piles (informal), tons (informal), heaps (informal), large numbers, a multitude, umpteen (informal), a horde, a thousand and one Many had avoided the delays by consulting the tourist office.
the many the masses, the people, the crowd, the majority, the rank and file, the multitude, (the) hoi polloi It gave power to a few to change the world for the many.


Amounting to or consisting of a large, indefinite number:
Idiom: quite a few.
كَثيركَثِيرًكَثِيرٌكَثير، عَدَد كَبير


A. ADJmuchos/as
many peoplemucha gente, muchas personas
in many casesen muchos casos
a good or a great many housesmuchas or (LAm) bastantes casas
however many books you havepor muchos libros que tengas
not many peoplepoca gente
so manytantos/as
so many fliestantas moscas
ever so many peoplela mar de gente, tantísimas personas
many a time I've seen him act, many's the time I've seen him actmuchas veces lo he visto actuar
too manydemasiados/as
too many difficultiesdemasiadas dificultades
B. PRONmuchos/as
many of them camemuchos (de ellos) vinieron
he has as many as I havetiene tantos como yo
he has three times as many as I havetiene tres veces más que yo
there were as many as 100 at the meetingasistieron a la reunión hasta cien personas
as many againotros tantos
and as many morey otros tantos
how many are there?¿cuántos hay?
how many there are!¡cuántos hay!
however many you havepor muchos que tengas
not manypocos
not many camevinieron pocos
C. N the manyla mayoría


adj (= a lot of) → beaucoup de
The film has many special effects → Le film a beaucoup d'effets spéciaux.
BUT Le film a de nombreux effets spéciaux.
Were there many people at the concert? → Est-ce qu'il y avait beaucoup de monde au concert?, Est-ce qu'il y avait beaucoup de gens au concert?
He hasn't got many friends → Il n'a pas beaucoup d'amis.
how many ... → combien de ...
How many euros do you get for £100? → Combien d'euros a-t-on pour une livre?
very many → beaucoup de
I haven't got very many CDs → Je n'ai pas beaucoup de CD.
a great many ... → un grand nombre de ...
a problem for a great many women → un problème pour un grand nombre de femmes
a good many ... → un bon nombre de ...
so many ... → autant de ...
I've never seen so many policemen → Je n'ai jamais vu autant de policiers.
too many ... → trop de ...
too many difficulties → trop de difficultés
She makes too many mistakes → Elle fait trop d'erreurs.
as many ... as → autant de ... que
I entered as many photo competitions as I could → Je me suis inscrit à autant de concours de photos que j'ai pu.
twice as many ... → deux fois plus de ...
We produce ten times as many tractors as the United States → Nous produisons dix fois plus de tracteurs que les Etats-Unis.
many a ... → bien des ..., plus d'un(e) ...
many a time → plus d'une fois
Some find jobs, but many are forced to beg → Certains trouvent du travail mais beaucoup sont obligés de mendier.
not many → pas beaucoup
how many? → combien?
How many do you want? → Combien en veux-tu?
many of → beaucoup de
that's too many → c'est trop
so many → autant
I didn't know there would be so many → Je ne savais pas qu'il y en aurait autant.
as many as (= up to) → jusqu'à
as many as ten thousand people → jusqu'à dix mille personnes
as many as (+ clause)autant que
as many as you want; as many as you like → autant que vous voulez
as many as I could → autant que j'ai pu
as many as possible → autant que possible
twice as many → deux fois plus


adj, pronviele; many peopleviele (Menschen or Leute); she has manysie hat viele (davon); he hasn’t got manyer hat nicht viele (davon); there were as many as 20es waren sogar 20 da; fifty went to France and as many to Germanyfünfzig gingen nach Frankreich und ebenso viele nach Deutschland; as many againnoch einmal so viele; they are just so many cowardsdas sind lauter Feiglinge; there’s one too manyeiner ist zu viel; he’s had one too many (inf)er hat einen zu viel or einen über den Durst getrunken (inf); they were too many for ussie waren zu viele or zu zahlreich für uns; he made one mistake too manyer hat einen Fehler zu viel gemacht; a good/great many houseseine (ganze) Reihe or Anzahl Häuser; many a good soldierso mancher gute Soldat; many a timeso manches Mal; she waited many a long year (liter)sie wartete gar manches lange Jahr (liter); many’s the time I’ve heard that old storyich habe diese alte Geschichte so manches Mal gehört
n the manydie (große) Masse


many-coloured, (US) many-colored
adjbunt, vielfarbig
adjvielseitig; figure alsovieleckig; it’s a many problemdas Problem hat sehr viele verschiedene Aspekte


[ˈmɛnɪ] adj & pronmolti/e, tanti/e
too many difficulties → troppe difficoltà
many a ... → più di un(a)..., molti/e...
a great many → un gran numero (di), moltissimi/e
so many books → (così) tanti libri
many people → molta or tanta gente, molte persone
there were as many as 100 at the meeting → alla riunione c'erano ben 100 persone
many a man → più d'uno, molti
many a time → più volte
he has as many as I have → ne ha tanti quanti ne ho io
there's one too many → ce n'è uno in più
he's had one too many → ha bevuto un bicchiere di troppo
as many again → altrettanti
twice as many → due volte tanto
a good or great many houses → moltissime case, un gran numero di case
how many? → quanti/e?
how many people? → quanta gente?, quante persone?
there are too many of you → siete (in) troppi
however many there may be → per quanti ce ne siano
many of them came → molti di loro sono venuti


(ˈmeni) comparative more (moː) : superlative most (moust) adjective
a great number of. Many languages are spoken in Africa; There weren't very many people; You've made a great/good many mistakes.
a great number. A few people survived, but many died.
having a great number of (something). many-coloured; many-sided.
many a
a great number of. I've told him many a time to be more polite.

many means a great number (of): many cars ; Some are full, but many are empty .
much means a great amount (of): much effort ; She doesn't say much .


كَثِيرً, كَثِيرٌ mnoho mange viele πολλοί muchos moni beaucoup, nombreux mnogi molti 多くの, 多数 다수, 많은 veel mange, mye liczni, wiele muitos много många คนหรือสิ่งของจำนวนมาก, มากมาย çok nhiều 许多, 许多的


a., pron. muchos-as; tantos, tantas;
a great ___muchos, muchas;
as ___ astantos-as como, igual número de.


adj (comp more; super most) muchos; many times..muchas veces
References in classic literature ?
That was why I determined not to try anything in London, for a good many years at least.
There probably were a good many happy little girls in and about the city that day, but it is my private opinion that Amy was the happiest of all, when she sat in her mother's lap and told her trials, receiving consolation and compensation in the shape of approving smiles and fond caresses.
There are a good many hard times in this life of ours, but we can always bear them if we ask help in the right way.