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"much" in British English

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uk   /mʌtʃ/  us   /mʌtʃ/ (more, most)
A1 a ​largeamount or to a ​largedegree: I don't ​earn much ​money. You haven't said much, Joan - what do you ​think? I like her very much. I don't ​think there's much to be ​gained by ​catching an ​earlierflight. The ​children never ​eat (very) much, but they ​seemhealthy. "Is there any ​wineleft?" "Not much." There's not/nothing much to do around here. How much (= what ​amount of)sugar do you take in ​yourcoffee? How much do these ​shoescost? I ​spend too much on ​clothes. I don't have as much ​time as (= I have less ​time than) I would like for ​visiting my ​friends. Because of the ​rain, we weren't ​able to ​spend much of the ​day on the ​beach. Have you seen much of Polly (= often ​seen her)recently? I'd very much like to ​visit them ​sometime. One ​day I ​hope I'll be ​able to do as much (= the same ​amount) for you as you've done for me. Things around here are much as always/as ​usual (= have not ​changed a lot). The two ​schools are much the same (= very ​similar). Much tooursurprise, (= we were very ​surprised that) they ​acceptedouroffer. I'm not much good atknitting (= do not do it very well). This is a much (= often)discussedissue. Blake has ​become a much (= ​greatly)changedperson since his ​caraccident. I've been ​feeling much healthier (= a lot more ​healthy) since I ​became a ​vegetarian. The ​repairs to ​ourcarcost much more than we were ​expecting. I'm very much ​aware of the ​problem. She's much thebestperson for the ​job (= she is ​certainlybetter than everyone ​else). I would much rather have my ​baby at ​home than in ​hospital. She is as much a ​friend to me as a ​mother (= ​although she is my ​mother, she is also a ​friend).
much too much
a ​farlargeramount of something than you ​want or need: You've ​drunk much too much to ​drive.
too much
A2 more than someone can ​deal with: I can't take ​care of six ​children at my ​age - it's too much.
a bit much
too ​extreme or not ​reasonable: I ​think it's a ​bit much for you to ​expect me to do all the ​cleaning. She ​wore an ​expensivesuit and ​diamonds, which was a ​bit much for such a ​casualrestaurant.
UK informal humorous used at the end of a ​sentence to ​emphasize what you have just said: When he ​saw all the ​food on my ​plate, he said "Hungry much?"

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muchpronoun, adverb

uk   /mʌtʃ/  us   /mʌtʃ/
(Definition of much from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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muchadjective, adverb

 us   /mʌtʃ/ (comparative more  /mɔr, moʊr/ , superlative most  /moʊst/ )
  • much adjective, adverb (GREAT)

great in ​amount, ​degree, or ​range: Mark’s got too much ​work to do. I don’t have much ​money to ​spend. Jody doesn’t ​eat very much. It doesn’t ​matter that much to me whether we go or not. Thank you so/very much. She doesn’t go out much (= often). He’s ​feeling much ​better/​worse (= a lot ​better or ​worse). Rita would much ​rather have her ​baby at ​home than in a ​hospital (= She would ​greatlyprefer it). Note: Much is used with singular, uncountable nouns.

muchnoun [U]

 us   /mʌtʃ/
  • much noun [U] (AMOUNT)

an ​amount or ​degree of something: How much ​sugar do you take in ​yourcoffee? Do these ​shoescost much?


 us   /mʌtʃ/ (comparative more  /mɔr, moʊr/ , superlative most  /moʊst/ )
  • much adverb (NEARLY)

nearly; ​approximately: The two ​schools are much the same. She is so much like her ​mother.

muchpronoun, noun [U]

 us   /mʌtʃ/
  • much pronoun, noun [U] (GREAT)

a ​greatamount, ​degree, or ​range: There’s not much to do around here. He’s still ​recovering, and ​sleeps much of the ​time.
(Definition of much from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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