much

[muhch]
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noun
  1. a great quantity, measure, or degree: Much of his research was unreliable.
  2. a great, important, or notable thing or matter: The house is not much to look at.
adverb, more, most.
  1. to a great extent or degree; greatly; far: to talk too much; much heavier.
  2. nearly, approximately, or about: This is much like the others.
Idioms
  1. make much of,
    1. to treat, represent, or consider as of great importance: to make much of trivial matters.
    2. to treat with great consideration; show fondness for; flatter.
  2. much as,
    1. almost the same as: We need exercise, much as we need nourishment.
    2. however much: Much as she wanted to stay at the party, she had to leave.
  3. not so much, Informal. not(def 3).

Origin of much

1150–1200; Middle English muche, moche, apocopated variant of muchel, mochel, Old English mycel; replacing Middle English miche(l), Old English micel great, much (cf. mickle), cognate with Old Norse mikill, Gothic mikils, Greek mégal-, suppletive stem of mégas great
Can be confusedmuch very (see usage note at very)
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Contemporary Examples of much

Historical Examples of much

  • The Athenian slave laws were much more mild than modern codes.

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    Lydia Maria Child

  • Might not the same history be told of much that is believed?

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  • It's much better you didn't recognise us; these boiler explosions are so messy.

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    Harry Leon Wilson

  • I'm forty-two and not so much of a fool that I ain't a little bit of a physician.

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  • "So much the more need that we enshrine her image in our own hearts," rejoined Plato.

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British Dictionary definitions for much

much

determiner
    1. (usually used with a negative)a great quantity or degree ofthere isn't much honey left
    2. (as pronoun)much has been learned from this
  1. a bit much informal rather excessive
  2. as much exactly thatI suspected as much when I heard
  3. make much of See make of (def. 4)
  4. not much of not to any appreciable degree or extenthe's not much of an actor really
  5. not up to much informal of a low standardthis beer is not up to much
  6. think much of (used with a negative) to have a high opinion ofI don't think much of his behaviour
adverb
  1. considerablythey're much better now
  2. practically; nearly (esp in the phrase much the same)
  3. (usually used with a negative) often; a great dealit doesn't happen much in this country
  4. much as or as much as even though; althoughmuch as I'd like to, I can't come
adjective
  1. (predicative; usually used with a negative) impressive or importantthis car isn't much
See also more, most

Word Origin for much

Old English mycel; related to Old English micel great, Old Saxon mikil, Gothic mikils; compare also Latin magnus, Greek megas
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Word Origin and History for much
adj.

c.1200, worn down by loss of unaccented last syllable from Middle English muchel "large, much," from Old English micel "great in amount or extent," from Proto-Germanic *mekilaz, from PIE *meg- "great" (see mickle). As a noun and an adverb, from c.1200. For vowel evolution, see bury.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with much

much

In addition to the idioms beginning with much

  • much ado about nothing
  • much as
  • much less
  • much sought after

also see:

  • 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
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