[noo-mer-uh s, nyoo-]
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  1. very many; being or existing in great quantity: numerous visits; numerous fish.
  2. consisting of or comprising a great number of units or individuals: Recent audiences have been more numerous.

Origin of numerous

1580–90; < Latin numerōsus consisting of a great number, numerous, equivalent to nume-r(us) number + -ōsus -ous
Related formsnu·mer·ous·ly, adverbnu·mer·ous·ness, nu·me·ros·i·ty [noo-muh-ros-i-tee, nyoo-] /ˌnu məˈrɒs ɪ ti, ˌnyu-/, nouno·ver·nu·mer·ous, adjectiveo·ver·nu·mer·ous·ly, adverbo·ver·nu·mer·ous·ness, nounsu·per·nu·mer·ous, adjectivesu·per·nu·mer·ous·ly, adverbsu·per·nu·mer·ous·ness, nounun·nu·mer·ous, adjectiveun·nu·mer·ous·ly, adverbun·nu·mer·ous·ness, noun

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1. See many. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. being many
  2. consisting of many units or partsa numerous collection
Derived Formsnumerously, adverbnumerousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for numerous

early 15c., from Latin numerosus "numerous," from numerus "a number" (see number (n.)). Related: Numerosity.

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