adj. more (môr), most (mōst)
1. Amounting to or consisting of a large indefinite number: many friends.
2. Being one of a large indefinite number; numerous: many a child; many another day.
n. (used with a pl. verb)
1. The majority of the people; the masses: "The many fail, the one succeeds" (Tennyson).
2. A large indefinite number: A good many of the workers had the flu.
pron. (used with a pl. verb)Idiom:
A large number of persons or things: "For many are called, but few are chosen" (Matthew 22:14).
The same number of: moved three times in as many years.
[Middle English, from Old English manig; see menegh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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