Meaning of “much” in the English Dictionary

"much" in English

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uk /mʌtʃ/ us /mʌtʃ/ more, most

A1 a large amount or to a large degree:

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 earlier flight.
The children never eat (very) much, but they seem healthy.
"Is there any wine left?" "Not much."
There's not/nothing much to do around here.
How much (= what amount of) sugar do you take in your coffee?
How much do these shoes cost?
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 to our surprise, (= we were very surprised that) they accepted our offer.
I'm not much good at knitting (= do not do it very well).
This is a much (= often) discussed issue.
Blake has become a much (= greatly) changed person since his car accident.
I've been feeling much healthier (= a lot more healthy) since I became a vegetarian.
The repairs to our car cost much more than we were expecting.
I'm very much aware of the problem.
She's much the best person for the job (= she is certainly better 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 far larger amount 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 expensive suit and diamonds, which was a bit much for such a casual restaurant.

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)

"much" in American English

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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 greatly prefer 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 your coffee?
Do these shoes cost 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 great amount, 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)