adjective \ˈməch\

: large in amount or extent : not little

more \ˈmr\ most \ˈmōst\

Full Definition of MUCH

a :  great in quantity, amount, extent, or degree <there is much truth in what you say> <taken too much time>
b :  great in importance or significance <nothing much happened>
obsolete :  many in number
:  more than is expected or acceptable :  more than enough <the large pizza is a bit much for one person>
too much

Origin of MUCH

Middle English muche large, much, from michel, muchel, from Old English micel, mycel; akin to Old High German mihhil great, large, Latin magnus, Greek megas, Sanskrit mahat
First Known Use: 13th century



: to a great degree or extent

: by a long time

: very nearly


Full Definition of MUCH

a (1) :  to a great degree or extent :  considerably <much happier> (2) :  very <much gratified>
b (1) :  frequently, often
(2) :  by or for a long time <didn't get to work much before noon>
c :  by far <was much the brightest student>
:  nearly, approximately <looks much the way his father did>
as much
:  the same in quantity <not quite as much money>
:  to the same degree

Examples of MUCH

  1. The new car is much better on gas mileage.
  2. They both talk too much.
  3. Thank you so much for your help.
  4. He is much interested in the project.
  5. They were much pleased by the compliment.
  6. She doesn't visit her family much.
  7. The town looks much the same.
  8. We came to much the same conclusion.
  9. We left the house much as we found it.

First Known Use of MUCH

13th century



Definition of MUCH

:  a great quantity, amount, extent, or degree <gave away much>
:  something considerable or impressive

Examples of MUCH

  1. <much of what people think they know about words is inaccurate or downright false>

First Known Use of MUCH

13th century

Related to MUCH

abundance, barrel, basketful, boatload, bucket, bunch, bundle, bushel, carload, chunk, deal, dozen, fistful, gobs, good deal, heap, hundred, lashings (also lashins) [chiefly British], loads, mass, mess, mountain, lot, multiplicity, myriad, oodles, pack, passel, peck, pile, plateful, plenitude, plentitude, plenty, pot, potful, profusion, quantity, raft, reams, scads, sheaf, shipload, sight, slew, spate, stack, store, ton, truckload, volume, wad, wealth, yard
ace, bit, dab, dram, driblet, glimmer, handful, hint, lick, little, mite, mouthful, nip, ounce, peanuts, pinch, pittance, scruple, shade, shadow, smidgen (also smidgeon or smidgin or smidge), speck, spot, sprinkle, sprinkling, strain, streak, suspicion, tad, taste, touch, trace


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