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many    : [m'ɛni]
Many \Ma"ny\, n. [See {Meine}, {Mansion}.]
A retinue of servants; a household. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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Many \Ma"ny\, a. & pron.

Note: [It has no variation to express degrees of comparison;
more and most, which are used for the comparative and
superlative degrees, are from a different root.] [OE.
mani, moni, AS. manig, m[ae]nig, monig; akin to D.
menig, OS. & OHG. manag, G. manch, Dan. mange, Sw.
m[*a]nge, Goth. manags, OSlav. mnog', Russ. mnogii; cf.
Icel. margr, Prov. E. mort. [root]103.]
Consisting of a great number; numerous; not few.
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Thou shalt be a father of many nations. --Gen. xvii.
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Not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not
many noble, are called. --1 Cor. i.
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Note: Many is freely prefixed to participles, forming
compounds which need no special explanation; as,
many-angled, many-celled, many-eyed, many-footed,
many-handed, many-leaved, many-lettered, many-named,
many-peopled, many-petaled, many-seeded, many-syllabled
(polysyllabic), many-tongued, many-voiced, many-wived,
and the like. In such usage it is equivalent to
{multi}. Comparison is often expressed by many with as
or so. "As many as were willing hearted . . . brought
bracelets." --Exod. xxxv. 22. "So many laws argue so
many sins." --Milton. Many stands with a singular
substantive with a or an.
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{Many a}, a large number taken distributively; each one of
many. "For thy sake have I shed many a tear." --Shak.
"Full many a gem of purest ray serene." --Gray.

{Many one}, many a one; many persons. --Bk. of Com. Prayer.

{The many}, the majority; -- opposed to {the few}. See
{Many}, n.

{Too many}, too numerous; hence, too powerful; as, they are
too many for us. --L'Estrange.
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Syn: Numerous; multiplied; frequent; manifold; various;
divers; sundry.
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Many \Ma"ny\, n. [AS. menigeo, menigo, menio, multitude; akin to
G. menge, OHG. manag[imac], menig[imac], Goth. managei. See
{Many}, a.]
1. The populace; the common people; the majority of people,
or of a community.
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After him the rascal many ran. --Spenser.
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2. A large or considerable number.
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A many of our bodies shall no doubt
Find native graves. --Shak.
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Seeing a great many in rich gowns. --Addison.
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It will be concluded by many that he lived like an
honest man. --Fielding.
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Note: In this sense, many is connected immediately with
another substantive (without of) to show of what the
many consists; as, a good many [of] people think so.
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He is liable to a great many inconveniences.
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adj 1: 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" [ant: {few}]

202 Moby Thesaurus words for "many":
a mass of, a world of, abounding, abundance, abundant, affluent,
all-sufficing, ample, aplenty, army, assorted, at odds,
at variance, bevy, billion, bottomless, bounteous, bountiful,
bunch, cloud, clutter, common, considerable, contrary, contrasted,
contrasting, copious, countless, covey, departing, deviating,
deviative, different, differentiated, differing, diffuse,
disaccordant, disagreeing, discordant, discrepant, discrete,
discriminated, disjoined, disparate, dissimilar, dissonant,
distinct, distinguished, divergent, diverging, divers, diverse,
diversified, effuse, epidemic, ever so many, everyday, exhaustless,
extravagant, exuberant, fat, fertile, flight, flock, flocks, flush,
frequent, frequentative, full, full many, galore, generous,
habitual, hail, heaped-up, heterogeneous, hive, hordes, host,
in disagreement, in plenty, in quantity, inaccordant, incompatible,
incongruous, inconsistent, inconsonant, inexhaustible,
inharmonious, innumerable, irreconcilable, jam, jillion,
large amount, lavish, legion, liberal, lots, luxuriant, manifold,
many and various, many times, masses, masses of, maximal, million,
mob, motley, much, muchness, multifarious, multifold, multiple,
multiplied, multitude, multitudes, multitudinal, multitudinous,
myriad, nest, no few, not a few, not rare, numberless, numbers,
numerous, of all sorts, of common occurrence, oft-repeated,
oftentime, opulent, ordinary, overflowing, pack, plenitudinous,
plenteous, plentiful, plenty, plurality, poles apart,
poles asunder, populous, prevailing, prevalent, prodigal,
productive, profuse, profusion, profusive, quantities, quite a few,
quite some, rampant, recurrent, replete, rich, rife, riotous, rout,
routine, ruck, running over, scads, scores, separate, separated,
several, shoal, shoals, sundry, superabundant, swarm, swarms,
teeming, thick-coming, thousand, thousands, throng, tidy sum, tons,
unconformable, uncountable, unequal, unlike, usual, variant,
varied, variegated, various, varying, very many, voluminous,
wealthy, well-found, well-furnished, well-provided, well-stocked,
wholesale, widely apart, worlds apart, worlds of, zillion

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