\ ˈməch How to pronounce much (audio) \
more\ ˈmȯr How to pronounce much (audio) \; most\ ˈmōst How to pronounce much (audio) \

Definition of much

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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
2 obsolete : many in number
3 : more than is expected or acceptable : more than enough the large pizza is a bit much for one person
too much
1 : wonderful, exciting That rock concert was too much!


more; most

Definition of much (Entry 2 of 3)

1a(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
2 : nearly, approximately looks much the way his father did
as much
1 : the same in quantity not quite as much money
2 : to the same degree



Definition of much (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a great quantity, amount, extent, or degree She gave away much of what she owned
2 : something considerable or impressive was not much to look at

Synonyms & Antonyms for much

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of much in a Sentence

Adverb The new car is much better on gas mileage. They both talk too much. Thank you so much for your help. He is much interested in the project. They were much pleased by the compliment. She doesn't visit her family much. The town looks much the same. We came to much the same conclusion. We left the house much as we found it. Noun much of what people think they know about words is inaccurate or downright false See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But the physical exertion is too much for A-Train, whose heart gives out, leaving him lying alone on the asphalt. Alex Raiman,, 24 June 2022 Kinzinger on Thursday praised Justice officials for standing up for the rule of law, but said the entire episode revealed how much danger democracy was in during Trump’s final days in office. Devlin Barrett, Anchorage Daily News, 24 June 2022 As such, there is risk in a player like Holmgren, but the upside was too much to pass up. Nick Crain, Forbes, 24 June 2022 That usually wasn’t much, and I was left wanting more. Nancy Nathan, Washington Post, 23 June 2022 The issue will be figuring out how much a life or injury is worth. Adriana Gomez Licon And Curt Anderson, Chicago Tribune, 23 June 2022 The issue will be figuring out how much a life or injury is worth. Adriana Gomez Licon And Curt Anderson,, 23 June 2022 But the Red Sox were too much for Tigers right-hander Beau Brieske, who allowed four runs on six hits across five innings and tossed 93 pitches in the 11th career start. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 22 June 2022 Sometimes, the first round was a little too sweet or a little too sugary or a frosting that was a little too much. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Bonjean said jurors could not reasonably believe Cosby knew as much, and put pictures on the screen of the girls from around the same time. Andrew Dalton, USA TODAY, 15 June 2022 All of this while remembering that being a man is recognizing the significance of the women who made us and the women who lead us in life just as much. Amy Joyce, Washington Post, 15 June 2022 But that merely is a formality, considering that Vincent, based on his contribution as a frequent starter this past season, likely would command more than three times as much on the open market. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 14 June 2022 And coffee shops were not being visited as much during the pandemic. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 14 June 2022 President Biden suggested as much in his response to the bipartisan framework. Fox News, 13 June 2022 Despite the drop, crypto futures only recorded $1 billion in liquidations – a relatively lower figure compared to previously high liquidations when prices did not move as much. Shaurya Malwa, Fortune, 13 June 2022 The price of international crude has roughly doubled in that time, with the U.S. benchmark rising nearly as much, closing Friday at more than $120 a barrel. David Koenig, Anchorage Daily News, 13 June 2022 Police said the crash was reported as potentially fatal, but could not confirm as much until the woman was extricated. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 13 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of much


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for much

Adjective, Adverb, and Noun

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

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28 Jun 2022

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“Much.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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\ ˈməch How to pronounce much (audio) \
more\ ˈmȯr \; most\ ˈmōst \

Kids Definition of much

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : great in amount or extent It took much effort.
2 : great in importance Nothing much happened today.
3 : more than enough That pizza is a bit much for one person.


more; most

Kids Definition of much (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to a great or high level or extent He's much happier.
2 : just about : nearly She looks much the same.



Kids Definition of much (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a great amount or part Much that was said is true.
2 : something important or impressive It's not much to look at.

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