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much

adjective \ ˈməch \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of much

more play \ˈmȯr\; most play \ˈmōst\
1 a : 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!

Recent Examples of much from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of much

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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much

adverb

Definition of much

more; most
1 a (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

Examples of much in a Sentence

  1. The new car is much better on gas mileage.

  2. They both talk too much.

  3. Thank you so much for your help.

  4. He is much interested in the project.

  5. They were much pleased by the compliment.

  6. She doesn't visit her family much.

  7. The town looks much the same.

  8. We came to much the same conclusion.

  9. We left the house much as we found it.

Recent Examples of much from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of much

see 1much


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much

noun

Definition of much

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

Examples of much in a Sentence

  1. much of what people think they know about words is inaccurate or downright false

Origin and Etymology of much

see 1much

much Synonyms

Synonyms
abundance, barrel, basketful, boatload, bucket, bunch, bundle, bushel, carload, chunk, deal, dozen, fistful, gobs, good deal, heap, hundred, lashings (also lashins) [chiefly British], loads, mass, mess, mountain, lot, 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
ace, bit, dab, dram, driblet, glimmer, handful, hint, lick, little, mite, mouthful, nip, ounce, peanuts, pinch, pittance, scruple, shade, shadow, smidgen (also smidgeon or smidgin or smidge), speck, spot, sprinkle, sprinkling, strain, streak, suspicion, tad, taste, touch, trace
Related Words
epidemic, plague, rash; bonanza, embarrassment, excess, overabundance, overage, overkill, overmuch, oversupply, plethora, redundancy, superabundance, superfluity, surfeit, surplus; deluge, flood, overflow; army, bevy, cram, crowd, crush, drove, flock, herd, horde, host, legion, mob, multitude, press, score, sea, swarm, throng; gazillion, jillion, kazillion, million, thousands, trillion, zillion
Near Antonyms
atom, crumb, dot, fleck, flyspeck, fragment, grain, granule, iota, jot, modicum, molecule, mote, nubbin, particle, ray, scintilla, scrap, shred, tittle, whit; smatter, smattering; dash, drop, morsel, shot; piece, portion, section; absence, dearth, famine, lack, paucity, poverty, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, undersupply, want; deficiency, deficit, inadequacy, insufficiency, meagerness, scantiness, scantness, skimpiness

MUCH Defined for English Language Learners

much

adjective

Definition of much for English Language Learners

  • : large in amount or extent : not little


much

adverb

Definition of much for English Language Learners

  • : to a great degree or extent

  • : by a long time

  • : very nearly


MUCH Defined for Kids

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much

adjective \ ˈməch \

Definition of much for Students

more \ˈmȯr\; most \ˈmōst\
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.

2

much

adverb

Definition of much for Students

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

3

much

noun

Definition of much for Students

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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