Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Great in quantity, degree, or extent: not much rain; much affection.
  • n. A large quantity or amount: Much has been written.
  • n. Something great or remarkable: The campus wasn't much to look at.
  • adv. To a great degree or extent: much smarter.
  • adv. Just about; almost: much the same.
  • adv. Frequently; often: doesn't get out much.
  • idiom as much Almost the same: I thought as much. She said as much.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. To a great extent.
  • adv. Often; frequently.
  • pro. A large amount or great extent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Great in quantity; long in duration
  • adj. Many in number.
  • adj. High in rank or position.
  • adv. To a great degree or extent; greatly; abundantly; far; nearly.
  • n. A great quantity; a great deal; also, an indefinite quantity.
  • n. A thing uncommon, wonderful, or noticeable; something considerable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Great in size; big; large.
  • Great in quantity or extent; abundant.
  • Many in number.
  • High in position, rank, or social station; important.
  • [Colloq.]
  • n. A large quantity; a great deal.
  • n. A great, uncommon, or serious thing; something strange, wonderful, or considerable.
  • In a great degree; to a great amount or extent; greatly; far.
  • Very.
  • In this sense much was formerly often used ironically, implying denial.
  • In present use, much or very much corresponds, before a comparative or a superlative with the, to very before a positive: thus, very great, but much or very much greater, much or very much the greatest.
  • Nearly: usually emphasizing the sense of indefiniteness.
  • [The adverb much is very often prefixed to participial forms, etc., to make compound adjectives: as, much- abused, much -enduring, much -debated.]
  • To make much; increase.
  • To make much of; coax; stroke gently.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. to a great degree or extent
  • adv. to a very great degree or extent
  • adj. (quantifier used with mass nouns) great in quantity or degree or extent
  • adv. (degree adverb used before a noun phrase) for all practical purposes but not completely
  • n. a great amount or extent
  • adv. frequently or in great quantities
  • adv. very

Etymologies

Middle English muche, short for muchel, from Old English mycel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)

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