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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for much

Synonyms: Adjective

big, consequential, earth-shattering, earthshaking, eventful, historic, important, major, material, meaningful, momentous, monumental, significant, substantial, tectonic, weighty

Synonyms: Adverb

achingly, almighty, archly, awful, awfully, badly, beastly, blisteringly, bone, colossally, corking, cracking, damn, damned, dang, deadly, desperately, eminently, enormously, especially, ever, exceedingly (also exceeding), extra, extremely, fabulously, fantastically, far, fiercely, filthy, frightfully, full, greatly, heavily, highly, hugely, immensely, incredibly, intensely, jolly, majorly, mightily, mighty, monstrous [chiefly dialect], mortally, most, particularly, passing, rattling, real, really, right, roaring, roaringly, seriously, severely, so, sore, sorely, spanking, specially, stinking, such, super, supremely, surpassingly, terribly, that, thumping, too, unco, uncommonly, vastly, very, vitally, way, whacking, wicked, wildly

Synonyms: Noun

abundance, barrel, basketful, boatload, bucket, bunch, bundle, bushel, carload, chunk, deal, dozen, fistful, gobs, good deal, heap, hundred, lashings (also lashins) [chiefly British], loads, lot, mass, mess, mountain, 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

Antonyms: Adjective

inconsequential, inconsiderable, insignificant, little, minor, negligible, slight, small, trifling, trivial, unimportant

Antonyms: Adverb

little, negligibly, nominally, slightly, somewhat

Antonyms: Noun

ace, bit, dab, dram, driblet, glimmer, handful, hint, lick, little, mite, mouthful, nip, ounce, peanuts, pinch, pittance, scruple, shade, shadow, smidgen (also smidgeon), speck, spot, sprinkle, sprinkling, strain, streak, suspicion, tad, taste, touch, trace

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Examples of much in a Sentence


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.


much of what people think they know about words is inaccurate or downright false
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

August has much to offer fans of top-notch crime fiction, with events featuring T. Jefferson Parker, Robert Crais and Louise Penny. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Summer arts 2019 | Top book picks in San Diego: T. Jefferson Parker, Festival of Books, Colson Whitehead and more," 16 June 2019 Most of the time, T riders have don’t have much juice. Yvonne Abraham,, "Seeing red over the mess that is the MBTA," 15 June 2019 This manufacturing is much cleaner than the mining, and captures more value. The Economist, "Rare earths give China leverage in the trade war, at a cost," 15 June 2019 While there’s not much scientists can do to remove the DDT besides waiting for the chemical to break down. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Decades After DDT Was Banned, It Still Impacts Canadian Lakes," 15 June 2019 This allows for much faster and more synchronized control over things like wheel braking from the stability control system, the suspension’s responses to track undulations, and the distribution of torque to the wheels. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Lamborghini’s Huracán EVO Sees the Future—And Makes You Look Great," 15 June 2019 While the Finals almost quite literally left the Warriors for dead, and their era of dominance is almost certainly over, this team can still very much compete for championships in the future. Rohan Nadkarni,, "Rebuild the Warriors? Golden State Faces Tricky Calculus This Summer," 14 June 2019 The gears are turning slowly because of friction between two competing goals: stopping tomorrow’s harassment from happening and giving today’s victims as much leverage as possible. Elizabeth A. Harris, New York Times, "Despite #MeToo Glare, Efforts to Ban Secret Settlements Stop Short," 14 June 2019 There isn’t much water, but plenty of sand along the way., "20 accessible golf courses you should play in Oregon," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Grossman’s expertise is pretty much legendary in the classical music world, as is her penchant for perfection. Chuck Yarborough,, "Jason Mraz and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra discover ‘Life is Wonderful’ in collaborative concerts," 16 June 2019 But the time and place to air those complaints is pretty much every other time and place EXCEPT the graduation stage! Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: New high school trend: Viral gradu-shaming speeches," 16 June 2019 That was pretty much the extent of the selection process. Daniel A. Gross, The New Yorker, "The Strange Story of a Secret Literary Fellowship," 16 June 2019 McKay is pretty much against the rule altogether and would rather the NFL keep the status quo. Ben Volin,, "NFL teams take care of last-minute business prior to vacation," 15 June 2019 About the struggles of working people — pretty much everybody — and the weird mix of fatigue, panic and slivers of hope that characterize the national mood. John Adamian,, "Drive-by Truckers report on the state of America at Infinity Hall," 14 June 2019 Everyone gets involved with activism, and that’s the crux of the season for pretty much everybody. Chris Malone, Billboard, "Billy Porter Talks Season Two of 'Pose', Red Carpet Fashion & His New Song 'Love Yourself'," 14 June 2019 His status and legacy in football is pretty much unparalleled., "Sven-Goran Eriksson: The Former England & Lazio Manager's All-Time Best XI," 14 June 2019 That hope had pretty much gone out the window early. Scott Ostler,, "For Warriors, is this the end of a dream or just a rude interruption?," 13 June 2019

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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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The first known use of much was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of much

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: large in amount or extent : not little



English Language Learners Definition of much (Entry 2 of 2)

: to a great degree or extent
: by a long time
: very nearly


\ 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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to take the place or position of

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