\ 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

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 While summer 2020 upended almost everyone’s entertainment plans, the summer of 2021 has been even harder to predict as coronavirus restrictions eased in some parts of the state, but maybe not as much in others. oregonlive, 1 June 2021 It’s not much of a spoiler to say that despite her many reservations, Amina eventually comes to enjoy being part of the band. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 1 June 2021 Looking back on these past four years and describing them in a couple of sentences would be impossible because of how much has changed over that time. Kristen Griffith,, 1 June 2021 Haven took on too much and didn’t give it enough time. Erika Fry, Fortune, 1 June 2021 Bad news, and not much else, continues to pile up for a controversial landfill near the shores of the Great Salt Lake. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 May 2021 Not much else would easily explain such a dramatic rally in AMC shares. Michael Cannivet, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Since August, when no vaccine was yet approved for use, that percentage has declined by only 9 points — not as much of a change as experts hoped. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 May 2021 So much has changed in California in a matter of months. Anchorage Daily News, 29 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb But if the pandemic made things worse in this country of 32 million, the electorate’s frustration, built on a history of bizarre political scandals that have seemed at times to veer into magical realism, goes back much further. Washington Post, 3 June 2021 This is all big news and brings the day of a standalone, official WhatsApp iPad app much closer. David Phelan, Forbes, 3 June 2021 The video showcases a wonderfully simple product that lets pretty much anyone repair small holes in their drywall in a matter of minutes. Maren Estrada, BGR, 3 June 2021 The likelihood of success has gone up significantly since the end of the Trump administration, which was much happier than the current White House to engage in bruising trade wars with other countries. David Meyer, Fortune, 3 June 2021 So anything happening at Halas Hall is on a much smaller scale in terms of significance to the season. Brad Biggs,, 3 June 2021 For Wie West, the victories don’t come much bigger than that. New York Times, 3 June 2021 Some companies shoot for net-zero by 2050, some much earlier. Maitane Sardon, WSJ, 3 June 2021 Splitting the infrastructure bill in two could score Biden a bipartisan win, and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said Thursday that the president conveyed to Republicans his intention to do as much. Allison Pecorin, ABC News, 3 June 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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4 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Much.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 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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