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much
WordNet 2.0
  • a great amount or extent
  • "they did much for humanity"
  • (degree adverb used before a noun phrase) for all practical purposes but not completely
  • "much the same thing happened every time"
  • very
  • "he was much annoyed"
  • to a great degree or extent
  • "she''s much better now"
  • to a very great degree or extent
  • "we enjoyed ourselves very much"
  • "she was very much interested"
  • "this would help a great deal"
  • frequently or in great quantities
  • "I don''t drink much"
  • "I don''t travel much"
much
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 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.

  • 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.

    [MORE]
    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.

  • 1. 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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