- great in quantity, measure, or degree: too much cake.
- a great quantity, measure, or degree: Much of his research was unreliable.
- a great, important, or notable thing or matter: The house is not much to look at.
- to a great extent or degree; greatly; far: to talk too much; much heavier.
- nearly, approximately, or about: This is much like the others.
- make much of,
- to treat, represent, or consider as of great importance: to make much of trivial matters.
- to treat with great consideration; show fondness for; flatter.
- much as,
- almost the same as: We need exercise, much as we need nourishment.
- however much: Much as she wanted to stay at the party, she had to leave.
- not so much, Informal. not(def 3).
Origin of much
Related Words for make much ofadmire, applaud, advocate, appreciate, laud, honor, commend, compliment, tout, hail, recommend, endorse, proclaim, extol, cite, celebrate, congratulate, cajole, reiterate, repeat
- (usually used with a negative)a great quantity or degree ofthere isn't much honey left
- (as pronoun)much has been learned from this
- a bit much informal rather excessive
- as much exactly thatI suspected as much when I heard
- make much of See make of (def. 4)
- not much of not to any appreciable degree or extenthe's not much of an actor really
- not up to much informal of a low standardthis beer is not up to much
- think much of (used with a negative) to have a high opinion ofI don't think much of his behaviour
- considerablythey're much better now
- practically; nearly (esp in the phrase much the same)
- (usually used with a negative) often; a great dealit doesn't happen much in this country
- much as or as much as even though; althoughmuch as I'd like to, I can't come
- (predicative; usually used with a negative) impressive or importantthis car isn't much
Word Origin for much
make much of
Treat or consider as very important; also, pay someone a lot of favorable attention. For example, Bill made much of the fact that he'd been to Europe three times, or Whenever Alice came home for a visit they made much of her. [c. 1300]
In addition to the idioms beginning with much
- much ado about nothing
- much as
- much less
- much sought after
- as much
- as much as
- make much of
- not miss a trick (much)
- not think much of
- pretty much
- so much
- so much for
- so much the better
- (much) sought after
- take it (just so much)
- take on (too much)
- too much of a good thing
- without so much as