determiner & pronoun (more, most)[often with negative or in questions]
- 1A large amount: [as determiner]: I didn’t get much sleep that night I did so much shopping [as pronoun]: he does not eat much they must bear much of the blameMore example sentences
a lot of, a great/good deal of, a great/large amount of, plenty of, ample, copious, abundant, plentiful, considerable, substantial• informal lots of, loads of, heaps of, masses of, a pile of, piles of, oodles of, tons of, more … than one can shake a stick atBritish • informal lashings of, a shedload ofNorth American • informal gobs of• vulgar slang a shitload ofa lot, a great/good deal, plenty
- So much of modern medicine relies on our understanding of the physiology of the human body.
- I am a little afraid to ask what it is, but I do know I will not be eating much of this.
- He is thought to have spent much of the previous night at a North Yorkshire guest house.
- 1.1 [as pronoun, with negative] Used to refer disparagingly to someone or something as being a poor specimen: I’m not much of a gardenerMore example sentences
- The idea wasn't at all simple and so I didn't have much of a chance to run with it.
- In an escalating situation neither side has much of a reputation for brinkmanship.
- Great person, and a huge influence, but didn't have that much of an effect on the album.
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- 1To a great extent; a great deal: did it hurt much? thanks very much they did not mind, much to my surprise [with comparative]: they look much betterMore example sentences
- It is a gesture that is very much appreciated by myself and Dawn's family in Devon.
- Their innovative power and tremendous humour and charm are still very much intact.
- McEwan has always had a twinkle in her eyes and this is going to be very much evident with the new series.
- 1.1 [usually with negative or in questions] For a large part of one’s time; often: I’m not there muchMore example sentences
- I don't go out much anymore, so a Guide Dog would be wasted on me.
- He is kind of an egocentric person and I guess if he doesn't read much, he doesn't think anyone does either.
- We don't watch tv much, but we spend all of our time on the Internet.
- The same: I am sure she would do as much for meMore example sentences
- Those of us who have to travel on the Northern line have suspected as much for years.
- I figured as much: I had a feeling this was the case.
- I hoped as much, thanks for confirming that.
a bit much
- • informal Somewhat excessive or unreasonable: his earnestness can be a bit muchMore example sentences
- Yes, all this red wine as emblem and object of worship may get a bit much, of course.
- I will go out for him for the sake of research but really 3 calls in 2 days is a bit much since we haven't even had a date yet!
- The picture above with all the limousines is maybe a bit much, but hey, that's just the kind of place it is.
make much of
- Give or ascribe a significant amount of attention or importance to: the island can make much of its history as a trading post between Europe and the Arab world Mr Smith was glad to be made much ofMore example sentences
- That is what he pushed hardest in the campaign, but it's an issue he never made much of until then.
- In discussing the song ‘Watching the River Flow’, he makes much of what he calls the ‘choppy’ arrangement and how it works against the lyric.
- Mr. Weigel makes much of what he sees as atheistic humanism in Europe, and he calls for a revitalization of Europe's Christian roots.
(as) much as
- Even though: much as I had enjoyed my adventure it was good to be backMore example sentences
- As much as he enjoyed his career, it paled into insignificance beside the love he felt for his family.
- But much as Murray is revelling in his new status as a tournament champion, he is not daft.
- As much as I know that we need to take the rough with the smooth, I think some smooth would be very nice right about now.
- see less.
not much in it
- Little difference between things being compared.More example sentences
- But I'll freely admit that I'm influenced in part by the fact that I'm more of an X-Men fan than a Spiderman fan anyway; there's not much in it at all.
- I still prefer our version (we've got two out, I think they're both good), but there's not much in it as the Exploited version was very close to ours when they recorded it.
- With the bat, Flintoff has a slightly more orthodox technique, but there's not much in it.
so much the better (or worse)
- That is even better (or worse): we want to hear your say, but if you make it short, so much the betterMore example sentences
- If you have more, so much the better - we're a little short up here.
- What then followed was a bundle of falsehoods and bizarre inversions of reality, perhaps retailed in good faith (and so much the worse if they were).
- If the celebrations could be associated with a greater awareness of the country's culture, history and traditions, so much the better.
- The fact about to be stated: I know this much, you would defy the world to get what you wantedMore example sentences
- But you accept this much at any rate: you did in fact stab her twice?
- Details of exactly what happened next are murky, but this much is clear.
- I'll tell you this much, any guy who pulls a stunt like that is coming away with a bloody stump.
- An intolerable, impossible, or exhausting situation or experience: the effort proved too much for herMore example sentences
- Their outstanding quality was a little bit too much for us and it was a fair result.
- It is too much for us lesser mortals to understand fully what we are supporting and why.
- Is it too much to ask to have a little drama surrounding my entrance into the world?
( • humorous )
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- I'll make a few bucks off the sale of each book, which will help out muchly when I join the ranks of the unemployed in mid-December.
- I have Womens Studies and am looking forward to it muchly… that is, if class isn't cancelled tonight.
- I remember thinking that violins would smell of a forest in summer, and was muchly disappointed when it smelt metallic and oily.
Middle English: shortened from muchel, from Old English micel (see mickle).