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

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 No matter how much time has gone by, the annual holiday can still be painful. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "25 Loss of Mother Quotes to Offer Words of Comfort on Mother's Day," 30 Apr. 2019 Explore your property and take photos of every potential garden spot every two hours during the day to see how much time is spent in sun or shade. Jeanette Marantos, The Seattle Times, "4 tips for starting (or improving) an edible garden," 12 Apr. 2019 The number next to it is a measure of how much solar energy is required to produce a sunburn on protected skin — as the SPF value increases, so does sunburn protection. Jessica Chia, Allure, "The Sunscreen Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know About SPF," 4 May 2019 That’s not likely to make much of a difference to most eyes, but pixel purists will surely notice the change. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Huawei’s P30 Pro goes toe-to-toe with the Samsung Galaxy S10+ on power, price, and photography," 26 Mar. 2019 For heavy Alexa users, going through all of these commands to find egregious conversations to delete might be too much work. Natt Garun, The Verge, "How to hear (and delete) every conversation your Amazon Alexa has recorded," 28 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 Reed expertly divides the book by occasions, with menus for a Mardi Gras brunch, an Italian feast, a gumbo lunch, and much more. Jennifer Milne, ELLE Decor, "How to Throw a New Orleans-Style Fete, According to Julia Reed," 11 Apr. 2019 It’s much easier to obligate private citizens to spend their own money rather than to properly manage public lands. ... WSJ, "Protect Homes by Managing Forests to Prevent Fires," 2 Apr. 2019 Along with her sister Gigi, Bella Hadid has pretty much ruled the street style universe for the past few years. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Tracing Bella Hadid’s Street Style Evolution From SoCal Good Girl to Fearless Fashion Risk-Taker," 25 Mar. 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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