man|y [ `meni ] (comparative more [ mɔr ] ; superlative most [ moust ] ) function word, quantifier ***
Many can be used in the following ways:
as a determiner (followed by a plural noun):
It happened many years ago.
How many children do you have?
as a pronoun:
Did he write any other books? Not many. (followed by of ):
Many of you will be going on to college.
as a predeterminer (followed by the indefinite article a and a singular noun):
We've played many a round of golf together.
as an adjective (after a word such as the, his, or these, and followed by a noun):
He said goodbye to his many friends.
as a noun in the phrase the many:
The few who behave badly spoil the enjoyment of the many.
1. ) a large number of people, things, places, etc.:
Did you get many responses to your advertisement?
I hadn't told many people I was pregnant.
I've been to their house many times.
In many cases workers were being employed without a written contract.
Dervla Murphy's latest book describes her many adventures in Nepal.
The news will bring joy to many.
many of: Many of the world's leading doctors have been trained here at the medical center.
too many: There are too many rules and regulations.
not very many (=only a few): Not very many companies can afford the high cost of introducing new technology.
many a (=more than a few): No doubt she had many a tale to tell of the old days.
so many: The scientists have been proven wrong so many times that people no longer believe them.
a good many (=a fairly large number): We've lived here for a good many years.
many many/a great many (=a very large number): It all happened many many years ago.
He was asked a great many questions and answered them all.
many hundreds/thousands/millions: Many thousands of animals died in the floods.
a ) the many the majority of people:
I don't see why the many should suffer because of the few idiots who cause trouble.
b ) as many...(as) a number equal to a particular number of people, things, etc.:
many as: Jason has a lot of friends, but I think I have as many as him.
as many something as: They try to interview as many candidates as possible.
half/twice/three times etc. as many: This year we had twice as many visitors as in previous years.
c ) as many as used before a number for showing how large and surprising it is:
As many as 500,000 people may have become infected with the virus.
d ) how many used for asking or talking about the number of people, things, etc. that there are:
How many students are taking the test?
It's surprising how many different varieties of pasta there are.
many of: How many of you can remember the first Alfred Hitchcock film you saw?
in as many days/weeks/games etc.
in the same number of days, weeks, games, etc.:
Last season Carlos scored twelve goals in as many games.
many's the time/day etc. (that)
used for saying that something has happened often in the past:
Many's the night I've walked back late from town.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • many — [men′ē] adj. more, most [ME < OE manig, akin to Ger manch (OHG manag) < IE base * menegh , many, richly > Sans maghā , gift, OIr menicc, abundant] 1. consisting of some large, indefinite number (of persons or things); numerous 2.… …   English World dictionary

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  • Many — Ma ny, n. [AS. menigeo, menigo, menio, multitude; akin to G. menge, OHG. manag[=i], menig[=i], Goth. managei. See {Many}, a.] 1. The populace; the common people; the majority of people, or of a community. [1913 Webster] After him the rascal many… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Many — may refer to: plural A quantifier that can be used with count nouns often preceded by as or too or so or that ; amounting to a large but indefinite number; many temptations ; a good many ; many directions ; more than a few, more than several… …   Wikipedia

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