adjective, more, most.
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.
adverb, more, most.
to a great extent or degree; greatly; far: to talk too much; much heavier.
nearly, approximately, or about: This is much like the others.
- to treat, represent, or consider as of great importance: to make much of trivial matters.
- to treat with great consideration; show fondness for; flatter.
- 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.
make much of,
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
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Related Words for much aswhen, albeit, although, but, despite, granted, if, notwithstanding, whereas, allowing, howbeit, at, during, meanwhile, while, though, still, supposing, admitting, granting
- (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
Old English mycel; related to Old English micel great, Old Saxon mikil, Gothic mikils; compare also Latin magnus, Greek megas
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see as much as, def. 2.
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
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