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much

[mʌ̱tʃ]

  1. ADV-GRADED: ADV after v You use much to indicate the great intensity, extent, or degree of something such as an action, feeling, or change. Much is usually used with `so', `too', and `very', and in negative clauses with this meaning.

  2. ADV-GRADED: oft with brd-neg, ADV after v If something does not happen much, it does not happen very often.

  3. ADV-GRADED: ADV compar, ADV too (emphasis) You use much in front of `too' or comparative adjectives and adverbs in order to emphasize that there is a large amount of a particular quality.

  4. ADV: ADV as/like cl, ADV like n, ADV n as n, ADV n If one thing is much the same as another thing, it is very similar to it.

  5. DET: DET n-uncount, oft with brd-neg You use much to indicate that you are referring to a large amount of a substance or thing.

    PRON

    • Much is also a pronoun. ...eating too much and drinking too much... There was so much to talk about.

    QUANT: QUANT of def-n-uncount/def-sing-n

    • Much is also a quantifier. Much of the time we do not notice that we are solving problems... She does much of her work abroad... Her father had been a merchant seaman, absent for much of her childhood.
  6. ADV-GRADED: ADV as reply You use much in expressions such as not much, not very much, and too much when replying to questions about amounts.

  7. QUANT: with brd-neg, QUANT of n-proper/pron If you do not see much of someone, you do not see them very often.

  8. DET: how DET You use much in the expression how much to ask questions about amounts or degrees, and also in reported clauses and statements to give information about the amount or degree of something.

    ADV-GRADED: how ADV, ADV with cl, ADV compar

    • Much is also an adverb. She knows how much this upsets me but she persists in doing it... How much cooler will it get?

    PRON: how PRON

    • Much is also a pronoun. How much do you earn?... Greg made a vague gesture to indicate how much.
  9. DET: as DET n, usu as DET n as cl/group You use much in the expression as much when you are comparing amounts.

  10. PHR-CONJ-SUBORD You use much as to introduce a fact which makes something else you have just said or will say rather surprising.

  11. PHRASE: v PHR You use as much in expressions such as `I thought as much' and `I guessed as much' after you have just been told something and you want to say that you already believed or expected it to be true.

  12. PHRASE: PHR amount (emphasis) You use as much as before an amount to suggest that it is surprisingly large.

  13. PHRASE: PHR cl/group, PHR before v You use much less after a statement, often a negative one, to indicate that the statement is more true of the person, thing, or situation that you are going to mention next.

  14. PHRASE You say nothing much to refer to something that is not very interesting or important.

  15. PHRASE: PHR n If you describe something as not much of a particular type of thing, you mean that it is small or of poor quality.

  16. PHRASE: PHR n So much for is used to indicate that you have finished talking about a subject. [SPOKEN]

  17. PHRASE: PHR n If you say so much for a particular thing, you mean that it has not been successful or helpful. [INFORMAL]

  18. PHRASE: with brd-neg, PHR group, PHR before v If you say that something is not so much one thing as another, you mean that it is more like the second thing than the first.

  19. PHRASE: with brd-neg, PHR before v (emphasis) If you say that someone did not do so much as perform a particular action, you are emphasizing that they did not even do that, when you were expecting them to do more.

  20. PHRASE: PHR that You use so much so to indicate that your previous statement is true to a very great extent, and therefore it has the result mentioned.

  21. PHRASE: v-link PHR, oft PHR for n If a situation or action is too much for you, it is so difficult, tiring, or upsetting that you cannot cope with it.

  22. PHRASE: oft PHR n (emphasis) You use very much to emphasize that someone or something has a lot of a particular quality, or that the description you are about to give is particularly accurate.

  23. a bit much see bit

    not up to much see up

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mʌ̱tʃVerbADV-GRADED: ADV after You use much to indicate the great intensity, extent, or degree of something such as an action, feeling, or change. Much is usually used with `so', `too', and `very', and in negative clauses with this meaning.Examples

She laughs too much...
Thank you very much...
My hairstyle hasn't changed much since I was five.

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much

noun, singular
Singular
Common casemuch
Possessive case-

much

adverb
Positive degreemuch
Comparative degreemore
Superlative degreemost

much

adjective
Positive degreemuch
Comparative degreemore
Superlative degreemost