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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
much /mʌtʃ/USA pronunciation
adj., more/mɔr/USA pronunciation most/moʊst/USA pronunciation n., pron., adv., more, most. adj.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- great in amount, measure, or degree:[before a uncountable noun]much wasted effort.
- a great quantity, measure, or degree:not much to do; He owed much of his success to his family.
- a great, important, or notable thing or matter:He isn't much to look at.
- an amount or degree of something:How much does it cost?
- to a great extent or degree:to talk too much.
- nearly, approximately, or about:That book is much like the others.
- Idiomsmuch as:
- almost to the same degree as:Babies need love, much as they need food.
- (used to express a contrast between one clause and another) even though;
although:Much as he wants to go to Iceland, he won't.
- I thought as much, (used to express the speaker's belief that what precedes was expected):"The police haven't found your stolen car yet.'' --"I thought as much; it will probably never turn up.''
- make much of, [ + object] to treat or consider (something) as being important:Her opponent tried to make much of the fact that she had tried marijuana as a college student.
- not much of a, not a very good example of (something):We didn't have much of a holiday: rain, cold weather, and flu.
- so much for, (used to express the speaker's belief that the next thing mentioned is finished, or has no chance of being successful):Look at this traffic jam; so much for arriving on time!
(much),USA pronunciation adj., more, most, n., adv., more, most. adj.
- great in quantity, measure, or degree:too much cake.
- a great quantity, measure, or degree:Much of his research was unreliable.
- a great, important, or notable thing or matter:The house is not much to look at.
- Idiomsmake much of:
- to treat, represent, or consider as of great importance:to make much of trivial matters.
- to treat with great consideration;
show fondness for;
- to a great extent or degree;
far:to talk too much; much heavier.
- nearly, approximately, or about:This is much like the others.
- much as:
- Idiomsalmost the same as:We need exercise, much as we need nourishment.
- Idiomshowever much:Much as she wanted to stay at the party, she had to leave.
- 1150–1200; Middle English muche, moche, apocopated variant of muchel, mochel, Old English mycel; replacing Middle English miche(l), Old English micel great, much (compare mickle), cognate with Old Norse mikill, Gothic mikils, Greek mégal-, suppletive stem of mégas great
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
much /mʌtʃ/ determiner
- (usually used with a negative) a great quantity or degree of: there isn't much honey left
- (as pronoun): much has been learned from this
- a bit much ⇒ informal rather excessive
- make much of ⇒
See make of
- not up to much ⇒ informal of a low standard: this beer is not up to much
See also more
- considerably: they're much better now
- practically; nearly (esp in the phrase much the same)
- (usually used with a negative) often; a great deal: it doesn't happen much in this country
- much as, as much as ⇒ even though; although: much as I'd like to, I can't come
, mostEtymology: Old English mycel; related to Old English micel great, Old Saxon mikil, Gothic mikils; compare also Latin magnus, Greek megas
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