Meaning of MANY in English

MANY

[many] adj more ; most [ME, fr. OE manig; akin to OHG manag many, OCS munogu much] (bef. 12c) 1: consisting of or amounting to a large but indefinite number "worked for ~ years"

2: being one of a large but indefinite number "~ a man" "~ another student" -- as many : the same in number "saw three plays in as many days"

[2]many pron, pl in constr (bef. 12c): a large number of persons or things "~ are called" [3]many n, pl in constr (12c) 1: a large but indefinite number "a good ~ of them"

2: the great majority of people "the ~"

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