\ 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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for much

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Noun

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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 utilities also contend that early drafts of the regulations maintain too much control over the RRC with the commission and are not in line with the more collaborative intent of SB 123. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Railbelt utilities’ request for extension to coordinate grid reform meets resistance," 15 Apr. 2021 But just how much is bitcoin mining contributing to global warming? Alexis Benveniste, CNN, "Bitcoin mining in China could soon generate as much carbon emissions as some European countries, study finds," 15 Apr. 2021 Anderson is saddened by what’s been lost in places like Guadalupe Canyon, where much of the damage is irreversible. azcentral, "Trump's border wall scarred sacred lands, displaced wildlife and drained water. Can it be taken down?," 15 Apr. 2021 But, in the state’s telling, much of that disparity was likely due to the age distributions among the groups first eligible for shots. oregonlive, "Latino Network blasts state for failing to ensure access to COVID-19 vaccine," 14 Apr. 2021 The national parks service says much of the area that is burning has not been on fire for nearly 70 years. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, "Big Bend National Park is burning. Why?," 13 Apr. 2021 One way to think about it is: how much is $10 now worth to you, versus $20 next week? Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, "The key to stopping procrastination? Compassion.," 12 Apr. 2021 The fact that much of the canal is now a dry creek bed doesn’t help. Jay Jones,, "By foot, pedal or mule power, exploration awaits along historic Illinois canal," 12 Apr. 2021 This much is clear: Thanks to the work of Riveredge, the DNR and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, that worthy goal is closer to reality than at any time in more than a century. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Return of Milwaukee River sturgeon a hopeful milestone," 11 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Saturday’s Cleveland beatdown notwithstanding -- haven’t been much better. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers believe best basketball is coming in final month: ‘We’re just getting started’," 15 Apr. 2021 That allows the Hoosiers to feel much better about their slot receiver heading into the summer and fall. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "Grad transfers Matthews, Anderson up to task in spring ball," 15 Apr. 2021 Chances are much better that DeJulius and Davenport will stay put. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: This is the best thing UC Bearcats fans can do for Wes Miller," 15 Apr. 2021 For three games at Minute Maid Park, the Detroit Tigers looked like a different team — and a much better team. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers pick up convincing series sweep against Houston Astros with 6-4 win," 15 Apr. 2021 For Bunker, silver offered much better protection than gold. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Betting on Bitcoin? You should know the story of the Hunt brothers and the silver market," 15 Apr. 2021 His offense has to be that much better to make up that difference. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "NBA roundtable: How does Jamal Murray's torn ACL affect the Nuggets' championship hopes?," 14 Apr. 2021 The Blazers did indeed play much better against the Celtics, who have now won six out of seven games. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers see positives, even in defeat: ‘We showed what we can be as a team’," 14 Apr. 2021 But 2020 brought a new approach with much better results that have carried over into 2021, slugging .391 and .438 against those same pitches. Tyler Stafford, Chron, "How the Astros' Kyle Tucker got big results from a small fix in his swing," 14 Apr. 2021

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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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17 Apr 2021

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“Much.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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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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