Much a. [Compar. & superl. wanting, but supplied by More and Most from another root.]
1. Great in quantity; long in duration; as, much rain has fallen; much time.
Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in. --Deut. xxviii. 38.
2. Many in number. [Archaic]
Edom came out against him with much people. --Num. xx. 20.
3. High in rank or position. [Obs.]
1. A great quantity; a great deal; also, an indefinite quantity; as, you have as much as I.
He that gathered much had nothing over. --Ex. xvi. 18.
Note: ☞ Muchin this sense can be regarded as an adjective qualifying a word unexpressed, and may, therefore, be modified by as, so, too, very.
2. A thing uncommon, wonderful, or noticeable; something considerable.
And [he] thought not much to clothe his enemies. --Milton.
To make much of, to treat as something of especial value or worth.
Much, adv. To a great degree or extent; greatly; abundantly; far; nearly. “Much suffering heroes.”
Thou art much mightier than we. --Gen. xxvi. 16.
Excellent speech becometh not a fool, much less do lying lips a prince. --Prov. xvii. 7.
Henceforth I fly not death, nor would prolong
Life much. --Milton.
All left the world much as they found it. --Sir W. Temple.
adj : (quantifier used with mass nouns) great in quantity or
degree or extent; "not much rain"; "much affection";
"much grain is in storage" [syn: much(a)] [ant: little(a)]
n : a great amount or extent; "they did much for humanity"
adv 1: to a great degree or extent; "she's much better now"
2: very; "he was much annoyed"
3: to a very great degree or extent; "we enjoyed ourselves very
much"; "she was very much interested"; "this would help a
great deal" [syn: a lot, a good deal, a great deal,
4: (degree adverb used before a noun phrase) for all practical
purposes but not completely; "much the same thing happened
every time" [syn: practically]
5: frequently or in great quantities; "I don't drink much"; "I
don't travel much" [syn: a great deal, often]