much Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a great amount or extent
- they did much for humanity
adjective (quantifier used with mass nouns) great in quantity or degree or extent
- not much rain
- much affection
- much grain is in storage
adverb to a great degree or extent
- she's much better now
- he was much annoyed
adverb to a very great degree or extent
very much; a lot; lots; a good deal; a great deal.
- I feel a lot better
- we enjoyed ourselves very much
- she was very much interested
- this would help a great deal
adverb (degree adverb used before a noun phrase) for all practical purposes but not completely
- much the same thing happened every time
- practically everything in Hinduism is the manifestation of a god
adverb frequently or in great quantities
a great deal; often.
- I don't drink much
- I don't travel much
Great in quantity; long in duration; as, muchrain has fallen; muchtime.
Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in. Deut. xxviii. 38.
Many in number.Archaic
Edom came out against him with much people. Num. xx. 20.
High in rank or position.Obs. Chaucer.
A great quantity; a great deal; also, an indefinite quantity; as, you have as. muchas 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.
A thing uncommon, wonderful, or noticeable; something considerable.
And [he] thought not much to clothe his enemies. Milton.
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.
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