\ 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 Each time an employee’s pay is deposited, the app withdraws however much was advanced in the previous pay period. Bailey Mccann, WSJ, "More Companies Help Employees With ‘Financial Wellness’ Plans," 10 Feb. 2020 On Sunday afternoon, the rubble that once was the school wasn’t smoldering much, Kaleak said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Kaktovik mourns ‘heart of the village’ after school fire; officials scramble to resume classes," 10 Feb. 2020 There’s room for a good start to the season for the Fuel from the opening weekend, but that picture wouldn’t look much like Saturday’s product. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "New faces can’t prevent another loss for Dallas Fuel in front of sold-out, season-opening Overwatch League crowd," 9 Feb. 2020 While an experienced coach, his quarterback Brandon Silvers doesn’t offer much in the way of confidence. D.C. is led by a coach-quarterback tandem with NFL experience. Cameron Dasilva, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Seattle Dragons at D.C. Defenders XFL odds, picks and best bets," 8 Feb. 2020 Trump is an inherently weak President—one with a narrow base of support and zero persuasion skills, and, as of now, one who is too chaotic to be much good at suppressing dissent. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Thirteen (Well, Ten) Ways of Looking at an Impeachment and Acquittal," 8 Feb. 2020 Bloomberg's Madison office was packed with Democratic and Bloomberg supporters much to the pleasure of campaign staffers. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Actor Michael Douglas, former mayor of Gary, Indiana, woo Wisconsin voters for Bloomberg," 8 Feb. 2020 The Alvin ISD team has drawn much attention after the Dec. 20 victory that snared the Class 5A Division I state championship. Greg May, Houston Chronicle, "See photos from community celebration for Shadow Creek Sharks’ championship," 7 Feb. 2020 The new rules also placed limits on how much residents could earn and still receive student representation. Sara Sneath, ProPublica, "How Louisiana Lawmakers Stop Residents’ Efforts to Fight Big Oil and Gas," 7 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Even though the earliest iPad was likened to a giant iPod Touch, Apple’s ambitions for the tablet were much greater than that. Lauren Goode, Wired, "The iPad Turns 10: A Look Back at Its First Decade," 27 Jan. 2020 And yet the curtain closed on 2019 with the global economy seeming, somewhat improbably, pretty much okay. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "The economic threats that loom over 2020," 27 Jan. 2020 His return to Auburn Hills came in the middle of the 2006 season, a week after scoring 81 against the Toronto Raptors, but the result was pretty much the same: a Pistons victory. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "How Detroit Pistons' battles with Kobe Bryant defined two decades of the NBA," 27 Jan. 2020 Fazel's research examined a population that included people who had suffered concussions in sports but also people who had survived much more severe injuries, such as head impacts during car crashes that resulted in lengthy hospitalizations. Will Hobson, Anchorage Daily News, "The selling of CTE: How the ‘Concussion’ doctor has built a career on distorted science," 27 Jan. 2020 The lineup looks much stronger Monday after outfielder Nicholas Castellanos, the top hitter remaining on the free-agent market, agreed to join the Reds, a source with knowledge of the deal told The Enquirer. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds sign free-agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos to multi-year contract," 27 Jan. 2020 The 2006 rule was open-ended and left much up to the judge. Will Young, ProPublica, "How Corporate Lawyers Made It Harder to Punish Companies That Destroy Electronic Evidence," 27 Jan. 2020 But after 11 years of a bull market, returns going forward could be much lower, while bonds, now paying low single-digit rates, won't help much. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "3 things you can do in 2020 to get your finances in shape for retirement," 26 Jan. 2020 Since moving to New York, a much larger and more diverse city, this sense of community has not always been easy to find. Hetty Mckinnon, Bon Appétit, "How an Ex-Pat Bake Sale Raised $24K For Australia," 26 Jan. 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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12 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Much.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/much. Accessed 17 Feb. 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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