much
I. adjective (more; most) Etymology: Middle English muche large, much, from michel, muchel, from Old English micel, mycel; akin to Old High German mihhil great, large, Latin magnus, Greek megas, Sanskrit mahat Date: 13th century 1. a. great in quantity, amount, extent, or degree <
there is much truth in what you say
>
<
taken too much time
>
b. great in importance or significance <
nothing much happened
>
2. obsolete many in number 3. more than is expected or acceptable ; more than enough <
the large pizza is a bit much for one person
>
II. adverb (more; most) Date: 13th century 1. a. (1) to a great degree or extent ; considerably <
much happier
>
(2) very <
much gratified
>
b. (1) frequently, often <
much away from home
>
(2) by or for a long time <
didn't get to work much before noon
>
c. by far <
was much the brightest student
>
2. nearly, approximately <
looks much the way his father did
>
III. noun Date: 13th century 1. a great quantity, amount, extent, or degree <
gave away much
>
2. something considerable or impressive <
was not much to look at
>

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