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.
- n. A great quantity; a great deal; also, an indefinite quantity.
- n. A thing uncommon, wonderful, or noticeable; something considerable.
- adv. To a great degree or extent; greatly; abundantly; far; nearly.
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.
- 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.
- 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
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)