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English definition of “much”

much

determiner uk   /mʌtʃ/ (more, most) us  
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 train. The children never eat (very) much, but they seem quite 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/heard much of Polly (= often seen or heard about 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/usual/ever (= 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. Brian's 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).Large in number or quantity 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?"Denying and contradicting much too much a far larger amount of something than you want or need: You've drunk much too much to drive.Large in number or quantity too much A2 more than someone can deal with: I can't take care of six children at my age - it's too much.Too much and unnecessary a bit much unreasonable and unfair: I think it's a bit much for you to expect me to do all the cleaning. And you had to work till eight? That's a bit much!Justice and fairness
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much

pronoun, adverb uk   /mʌtʃ/ us  
C1 (something) of good quality: He's not much to look at, but he has a wonderful personality. I've never been much of a dancer (= good at dancing, or interested in doing it). There's not/nothing much on TV tonight.Informal words for goodGood, better and bestQuite good, or not very good
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