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Definition of multitude noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] multitude (of something/somebody) an extremely large number of things or people a multitude of possibilities multitudes of birds These elements can be combined in a multitude of different ways. a multitude of outstanding actors
  2. 2the multitude [singular] the multitudes [plural] (sometimes disapproving) the mass of ordinary people It was an elite that believed its task was to enlighten the multitude. to feed the starving multitudes
  3. 3[countable] (literary) a large crowd of people synonym throng He preached to the assembled multitude.
  4. Idioms
    cover/hide a multitude of sins (often humorous)
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    to hide the real situation or facts when these are not good or pleasant She was dressed in loose comfortable clothes that hid a multitude of sins.
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