- 1 used with plural nouns and verbs, especially in negative sentences or in more formal English, to mean “a large number of.” Also used in questions to ask about the size of a number, and with “as,” “so,” and “too.” We don't have very many copies left. You can't each have one. We haven't got many. Many people feel that the law should be changed. Many of those present disagreed. How many children do you have? There are too many mistakes in this essay. He made ten mistakes in as many (= in ten) lines. New drivers have twice as many accidents as experienced drivers. Don't take so many. I've known her for a great many (= very many) years. Even if one person is hurt that is one too many. It was one of my many mistakes. a many-headed monster
- 2 the many used with a plural verb to mean “most people” a government that improves conditions for the many
- 3many a (formal) used with a singular noun and verb to mean “a large number of” Many a good man has been destroyed by drinking. Idioms
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used to show surprise that the number of people or things involved is so large There were as many as 200 people at the lecture.
as many as…jump to other results
to be slightly drunk
have had one too many (informal)jump to other results
used to show that something happens often Many's the time I heard her use those words.
many's the… (formal)jump to other results