much

[ muhch ]
/ mʌtʃ /

adjective, more, most.

great in quantity, measure, or degree: too much cake.

noun

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.

Idioms

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 confused

much very (see usage note at very)
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British Dictionary definitions for much as

much

/ (mʌtʃ) /

determiner

adverb

adjective

(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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Idioms and Phrases with much as (1 of 2)

much as


see as much as, def. 2.

Idioms and Phrases with much as (2 of 2)

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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