\ 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
(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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Wildcats couldn’t get closer, as Oregon’s offensive firepower was too much. oregonlive, "No. 3 Oregon, Sabrina Ionescu’s 31 points too much for Arizona in an 88-70 Pac-12 semifinal win: Game at a glance," 7 Mar. 2020 However, there's still much to learn about the process before it can be replicated. Aj Willingham, CNN, "The highest praise an artist can get," 6 Mar. 2020 All of the tribes – reps, tinkerers, achievers, experience-seekers, fans – could replicate much of what the NEC offers them online. Tom Rowley, 1843, "My journey to the heart of the great British expo," 6 Mar. 2020 How much of this headlong embrace of online learning sticks when everyone goes back to school is anyone’s guess. Jenny Anderson, Quartz, "With 290 million kids out of school, coronavirus is putting online learning to the test," 5 Mar. 2020 For those curious about the state of the Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake union following Timberlake’s hand-holding debacle, some news: Biel and Timberlake are still very much a thing. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "Jessica Biel Just Set Those Justin Timberlake Rumours Straight," 4 Mar. 2020 The bottom line is that this game didn't mean much to UNT. Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, "Late night hoops rewind -- Charlotte 56, North Texas 43," 4 Mar. 2020 When the Video Gaming Act passed in May 2009, the law placed a 5% cap on how much of the market an operator could control. Jason Grotto, ProPublica, "Beginner’s Luck: How One Video Gambling Company Worked the Odds and Took Over a State," 3 Mar. 2020 This is a tough question for many people, as much of the world lives paycheck to paycheck. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "Common Sense Ways to Prepare for the Coronavirus Outbreak in America," 3 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Charlotte was also a pioneering businesswoman after that, managing much of the family’s business affairs after her brother-in-law passed away and her husband left Houston. Rebecca Maitland, Houston Chronicle, "Women in history make impact on their world," 9 Mar. 2020 Not much of a tackler. Didn’t keep Deion Sanders out of the Hall of Fame. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Do the Cowboys really need to let Byron Jones walk? Maybe not, but they are betting on drafting a CB for a lower price," 7 Mar. 2020 That works well for the Dolphins’ timeline since Tua shouldn’t play much, if at all, in 2020. 19. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "2020 NFL mock draft 5.0: How do offensive line performances at NFL combine impact the Browns?," 6 Mar. 2020 Ever since the premiere of Itaewon Class, Tae has pretty much been the drama's biggest supporter, often hyping it up and urging ARMYs to watch on Weverse. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "BTS Member V Might Contribute to Netflix's "Itaewon Class" Soundtrack," 6 Mar. 2020 Rodden has devoted much of his career to Orwell, starting with his 1989 book The Politics of Literary Reputation, which examines the sources of Orwell’s fame. John J. Miller, National Review, "George Orwell’s Unclassifiable Politics," 5 Mar. 2020 Sahodara Samagama or Brothers Inc, as Sri Lankans jokingly call the resilient political clan that first entered parliament three generations ago, in 1936, is very much back in business. The Economist, "Brotherly shove Sri Lanka’s ruling party calls an election, hoping for a landslide," 5 Mar. 2020 Fans of the current Escalade's 6.2-liter V-8 shouldn't worry too much, though. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "Electric Cadillac Escalade Coming by 2025," 4 Mar. 2020 This is as much a reflection of auteur sensibility as FX on Hulu's upcoming Devs, and that's saying something. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Better Things' Season 4: TV Review," 4 Mar. 2020

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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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11 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Much.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/much. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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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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