Meaning of MANY in English
[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"
many pron, pl in constr (bef. 12c): a large number of persons or things "~ are called" many n, pl in constr (12c) 1: a large but indefinite number "a good ~ of them"
2: the great majority of people "the ~"
Merriam-Webster English vocab. Английский словарь Merriam Webster. 2012