much

adjective
\ 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!

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

Then there are breast cancers that have too much of the HER2 protein, which account for about 20 percent of diagnoses, according to the ACS. Mary Claire Lagroue, SELF, "How Is Triple Negative Breast Cancer Different from Other Diagnoses?," 31 May 2019 Drinking: Stay hydrated and avoid too much caffeine and alcohol. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Is It a Migraine or a Another Headache? How to Tell the Difference, According to Neurologists," 28 May 2019 Inflation is among the most powerful forces in financial markets, but too much or too little can send the economy spiraling. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Minutes Show Comfort With Make-No-Moves Interest Rate Stance," 22 May 2019 And let’s face it, testing out and researching different formulas to find the right one is way too much work, plus a lot of $$$. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Seventeen's 2019 Beauty Awards," 17 May 2019 That’s played into questions about how much US market access to give Chinese companies amid concerns about intellectual property rights. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The US government’s ongoing battle with Chinese telecom giant Huawei, explained," 17 May 2019 The party stayed in Ravello, but much time was spent on the water aboard Gianni and Marella Agnelli’s 82-foot two-mast sailboat, Agneta. David Netto, Town & Country, "Jackie Kennedy's Favorite Cocktail Was a Negroni (With a Twist)," 14 May 2019 And though Peter hasn't gotten as much screen time in the initial promos as other contestants, there's been increasing buzz about in him in the run-up to the premiere. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Is Peter Weber, the Mysterious 'Bachelorette' Pilot on Hannah's Season?," 13 May 2019 Twenty-four hours after Liverpool erased a three-goal deficit over 90 minutes against Barcelona, Tottenham did the same in Amsterdam on Wednesday night—and in half as much time. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Tottenham Stuns Ajax to Advance to Champions League Final," 8 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Of course, this is much more than just a penthouse in New York City. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Buy This NYC Penthouse, And Get Two Free Tickets to Space," 30 May 2019 In addition, temperature projections out to the middle of the century tend to be more robust than precipitation models, which are much more dependent on local variables and present more uncertainty. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Watch how the climate could change in these US cities by 2050," 24 May 2019 But the Queen’s appearance is about much more than fulfilling an obligation on her calendar. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Has a Long History with the Chelsea Flower Show," 20 May 2019 Over the course of eight seasons, Jaime became much more complex, as evidenced by his relationships with Tyrion and Brienne of Tarth, for example. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "This Game of Thrones Fan Theory Suggests Jaime Lannister Is Still Alive," 15 May 2019 Although Jenner is best known as a beauty mogul, this new baby enterprise will apparently include much more than topical personal-care items. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Is Planning to Launch a Baby-Product Empire," 15 May 2019 Here are five reasons why this strange, possibly misguided movie will probably be much better than everyone thinks. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "5 Reasons Why the Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Will Be Better Than the Internet Thinks," 30 Apr. 2019 Sansa is much too smart—and has survived far too much—to succumb to such a childish, gendered trope. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Game of Thrones Rivalry Between Sansa & Daenerys Is Gendered and Regressive," 16 Apr. 2019 As legal debates continue, much of the work to control a measles outbreak falls to local public-health agencies. Ryan Blethen, The Seattle Times, "How do you persuade people to vaccinate? Clark County measles outbreak highlights the difficulties," 13 Apr. 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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The first known use of much was in the 13th century

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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 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.

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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