Definition of numerous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnjuːm(ə)rəs/


1Great in number; many: she had complained to the council on numerous occasions
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  • The nominees are too numerous to mention - but you can see them all here.
  • And of course television news is even worse, as numerous studies have shown.
  • Productivity is notoriously difficult to measure, as numerous studies have found.
many, a lot of, a great many, very many, countless, scores of, innumerable;
several, quite a few, various, diverse;
a great number of, a great deal of, plenty of, copious, a quantity of, quantities of, an abundance of, a profusion of, a multitude of;
informal lots of, umpteen, loads of, masses of, stacks of, heaps of, piles of, bags of, tons of, oodles of, scads of, dozens of, hundreds of, thousands of, millions of, billions of, zillions of, more … than one can shake a stick at
British informal a shedload of
North American informal a slew of, a bunch of, gazillions of, bazillions of
Australian/New Zealand informal a swag of
vulgar slang a shitload of
literary myriad, multitudinous
rare numberless, innumerous
1.1Consisting of many members: the orchestra and chorus were numerous
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  • You know, insects are the most numerous group of species on this planet?



Pronunciation: /ˈnjuːm(ə)rəsli/
Example sentences
  • There is scarcely a part of the county without a school, which in summer is numerously attended.
  • Our prayer meetings were more numerously attended twenty years ago and fifteen years ago than they are now.
  • The National School, which is numerously attended, is supported partly by endowment, and partly by subscriptions.


Pronunciation: /ˈnjuːm(ə)rəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • It's nothing like American hip-hop with its self-attitude so blatantly compressed into a track that works as one sound machine; here we have strands of sound that in their numerousness defy each other's full presence as ‘hip-hop.’
  • Hourglass repeats this brushwork in more, colors, including green and lavender, and with shorter, thinner strokes that in their numerousness convey a feeling of frenzy that's amplified by the uneven diagonal sides of the canvases.
  • I wonder whether the widely-presupposed centrality of snow in Inuit culture might be just as exaggerated as the widely-asserted numerousness of their snow words.


Late Middle English: from Latin numerosus, from numerus 'a number'.

Words that rhyme with numerous

humerus, humorous

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Line breaks: nu¦mer|ous

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