much

adjective
\ˈməch \
more\ˈmȯr \; most\ˈmōst \

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, 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, mortally, most, particularly, passing, real, really, right, roaring, seriously, severely, so, sore, sorely, spanking, specially, such, super, supremely, surpassingly, terribly, that, thumping, too, 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, loads, lot, mass, mess, mountain, multiplicity, myriad, oodles, pack, passel, peck, pile, plateful, plenitude, plentitude, plenty, pot, profusion, quantity, raft, reams, scads, sight, slew, spate, stack, store, ton, 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, tad, 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

Spokesman Ryan Clem said the agency is working to provide records requested under Indiana's public records law that could shed some light on how much former Kiel Bros. sites have cost the state. Brian Slodysko, Houston Chronicle, "Pence family gas stations left costly environmental legacy," 13 July 2018 What will be key to watch, Mr. Samana said, is how much trade tariffs disrupt the global supply chain and potentially drive up inflation. Akane Otani, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Rise, Post Weekly Gains," 13 July 2018 It had been wildly underutilized over the past decade, being owned by someone who lived out of state much of the time and whose overall focus was not on the success of downtown Elgin. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Real estate manager has bought 14 buildings in Elgin in 4 years — he's 'taking a bet' on the city," 13 July 2018 For the first time, researchers have used gene editing tools in adult monkeys to disable a gene throughout much of the liver. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Gene edited monkeys offer hope for heart disease patients," 9 July 2018 The network's new original series explores just how much the decade's culture has changed since the 1990s, thanks to events like the invention of Facebook and the introduction of the world's first iPhone. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "On TV This Week: All the Top Shows and Movies You Need to Catch," 7 July 2018 There were few people as much fun to watch work as my father. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, "Learning to Be Funny," 9 July 2018 So how much of it is in infecting the investigation today? Fox News, "Rudy Giuliani: Strzok's defense is ridiculous, pathetic," 13 July 2018 The former trade framework, which expired in early 2017, covered everything from how many U.S. movies China would accept into its cinemas to when and how the titles could be released to how much revenue foreign studios could ultimately take home. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "Will Hollywood Get Caught in Trump's China Trade War Crossfire?," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The sculptures hew to the simplicity of the roadside stack, but Loesberg’s drawings show the Jersey barriers willy-nilly, in a variety of much more inefficient configurations. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "An Eye For 'The Built Environment' Fuels Exhibit At Real Art Ways," 14 July 2018 The next four games aren’t much easier: Jaguars (home), Patriots (road), Bengals (home), Broncos (home). Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "There is a healthy dose of skepticism nationally about Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs," 12 July 2018 Probably not much, as the U.S. contributes between one-fifth and one-quarter of NATO’s annual budget of about $2 billion. Jonathan Allen /, NBC News, "Trump's NATO trip: In like a lion, out like a lamb," 12 July 2018 There isn’t much serious debate about what has caused these factory job losses. Michael Hicks, Indianapolis Star, "Hicks: Finally, a government answer to job losses caused by automation," 8 July 2018 At the time of Milton’s birth, in 1608, there wasn’t much of a public sphere in England. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Death of the Public Square," 6 July 2018 What soccer allowed Bacca is much like what the World Cup offers younger, poorer, less powerful nations: the possibility of competing with and besting the world’s traditional winners. Kanishk Tharoor, The Atlantic, "The Elusive Underdog Magic of the World Cup," 14 July 2018 Throughout the state, wardens are spending a much higher percentage of their time in parks to the detriment of their traditional coverage, said Doug Hoskins of Muskego, retired DNR warden supervisor. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin warden shortage and changes in responsibilities raise concerns," 14 July 2018 The state’s largest hospitals can bypass the state system by going through a much more expensive process of getting accredited by the federal government or a private third party. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Hospitals fear Parson budget cut could endanger stroke, heart attack, trauma patients," 13 July 2018

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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

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

Adverb

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Noun

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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 \
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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