much

adjective
\ ˈməch \
more\ ˈmȯr \; most\ ˈmōst \

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!

much

adverb
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

much

noun

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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In fact, much of the house’s design was driven by the duo’s existing range of fabrics for Brunschwig & Fils (their collection of wallpapers is soon to launch), creating a sort of living showroom. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "This Montreal Couple Designed a Whole House Around the Art," 6 Feb. 2019 When the show first aired in 2012, Entertainment Tonight caught up with the cast and their professional advisors to discuss how much of the NBC drama is based on facts. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "The 'Chicago Fire' Cast Had to Do Some Intense Professional Training for the Show," 6 Feb. 2019 Human sacrifice was not unusual in my home country, as in much of the Americas. Alejandro Bermudez, WSJ, "Catholics Against Columbus," 24 Jan. 2019 Jack Frost has officially arrived in much of the country, bringing with him the type of cold that chills bones, chatters teeth, and saps moisture from otherwise well-tended skin. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 10 Best Moisturizers to Save Dry Winter Skin," 15 Jan. 2019 In addition to perpetual self-improvement, much of what these gurus are selling is a nonjudgmental ear or a place to unload anxiety. Justine Harman, Glamour, "These Self-Help Gurus Might Not Have Have Formal Training—But They Promise to Change Your Life," 20 Dec. 2018 Since California has 50 million people, farmers in much of the country end up abiding by the standards which California voters set, to reach the lucrative market there. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Dog and cat meat is now, finally, illegal," 18 Dec. 2018 In China, where consoles were notably banned for fifteen years until 2015, much of the population still isn’t accustomed to console gaming and prefers mobile or PC games instead. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "PUBG mobile has as many players as Fortnite," 18 Dec. 2018 Previous SlideNext Slide The daily step counter is larger than the other text on the screen, although not by much. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Huawei Watch GT review: When hardware and software don’t mesh," 16 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The night was cold and misting, which somehow made the dinner feel that much more inviting and intimate. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Salvatore Ferragamo Kicks off Fashion Week with an Intimate Dinner at Sant Ambroeus," 9 Feb. 2019 This general denial that these challenges cannot co-exist with pregnancy can make people like me feel that much more alone. Kate Willsky, SELF, "What It’s Like to Deal With Anorexia While You’re Pregnant," 8 Feb. 2019 Growing up as a refugee in Burundi, Nicolette was one of eight kids raised by her widowed mother, who knew how to read and write but not much more. Caterina Clerici & Eléonore Hamelin, Marie Claire, "Rwanda's Future Is Female," 1 Feb. 2019 The future of Buckingham Palace may look much more like that of a museum than a home. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Why Prince Charles and Other Royal Family Members Secretly Dislike Buckingham Palace," 27 Jan. 2019 It’s full of much more optimism and faith in one’s good character. Morgan Jerkins, Teen Vogue, "R. Kelly and Other Powerful Men Have Always Manipulated Their Teen Fans," 9 Jan. 2019 Expect a much more light-hearted experience than its predecessor, with lots of over-the-top weapons and scenarios. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 40 games we can’t wait to play in 2019," 26 Dec. 2018 Some of the functions are part of any system of hereditary monarchy, but others are very much in the hands of the sovereign . . . WSJ, "Five Best: Robert Hardman on the Making of the Modern Monarchy," 25 Jan. 2019 Brianna is a modern, independent, free-thinking woman, and Roger is quite a traditional, old-fashioned man, very much the result of his upbringing by his father. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Actor Richard Rankin Weighs in on Roger's Role in Tonight's Shocking Final Scene," 21 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of much

Adjective

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

Adverb

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

Noun

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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More Definitions for much

much

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of much

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: large in amount or extent : not little

much

adverb

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

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

much

adjective
\ ˈməch \
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.

much

adverb
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.

much

noun

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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