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Meaning of much by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English muche ( “much, great” ), apocopated variant of muchel ( “much, great” ), from Old English myċel, miċel ( “large, great, much” ), from Proto-Germanic *mikilaz ( “great, many, much” ), from Proto-Indo-European *meǵa- ( “big, stour, great” ). See also mickle, muckle .


    • IPA: /mʌtʃ/, X-SAMPA: /mVtS/
    • Rhymes: -ʌtʃ


    much ( comparative more, superlative most )

    1. ( obsolete ) Large, great. [12th-16th c.]
    2. A large amount of. [from 13th c.]
    3. ( now archaic or nonstandard ) A great number of; many ( people ). [from 13th c.]
    4. ( now Caribbean, African-American ) Many ( + plural: countable noun ). [from 13th c.]

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    much ( comparative more, superlative most )

    1. To a great extent .
      I don't like fish much .
      He is much fatter than I remember him .
      He left her, much to the satisfaction of her other suitor .
    2. Often; frequently .
      Does he get drunk much?

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    1. A large amount or great extent .
      From those to whom much has been given much is expected .



Explanation of much by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. for all practical purposes but not completely

    2. much the same thing happened every time
    3. very

    4. he was much annoyed
    5. to a great degree or extent

    6. she's much better now
    7. to a very great degree or extent

    8. we enjoyed ourselves very much
      she was very much interested
    9. frequently or in great quantities

    10. I don't drink much
      I don't travel much
    1. great in quantity or degree or extent

    2. not much rain
      much affection
      much grain is in storage
    1. a great amount or extent

    2. they did much for humanity

    Definition of much by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Much ( mŭch ), a. [Compar. & superl. wanting, but supplied by More ( mōr ), and Most ( mōst ), from another root.] [OE. moche, muche, miche, prob. the same as mochel, muchel, michel, mikel, fr. AS. micel, mycel; cf. Gr. μέγας, fem. μεγάλη, great, and Icel. mjök, adv., much. √103. See Mickle.]
      1. Great in quantity; long in duration; as, “much rain has fallen; much time.”

      Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in. Deut. xxviii. 38.

      2. Many in number. [Archaic]

      Edom came out against him with much people. Num. xx. 20.

      3. High in rank or position. [Obs.] Chaucer.

    2. Much, n.
      1. A great quantity; a great deal; also, an indefinite quantity; as, “you have as much as I”.

      He that gathered much had nothing over. Ex. xvi. 18.

      ☞ Muchin this sense can be regarded as an adjective qualifying a word unexpressed, and may, therefore, be modified by as, so, too, very.

      2. A thing uncommon, wonderful, or noticeable; something considerable.

      And [he] thought not much to clothe his enemies. Milton.

      To make much of, to treat as something of especial value or worth.

    3. Much, adv. [Cf. Icel. mjök. See Much, a.] To a great degree or extent; greatly; abundantly; far; nearly. “Much suffering heroes.” Pope.

      Thou art much mightier than we. Gen. xxvi. 16.

      Excellent speech becometh not a fool, much less do lying lips a prince. Prov. xvii. 7.

      Henceforth I fly not death, nor would prolong

      Life much. Milton.

      All left the world much as they found it. Sir W. Temple.