Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

much - definition and synonyms

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

adverb, determiner, pronoun     much pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
Much can be used in the following ways:
as a determiner (followed by an uncountable noun): There isn’t much time left.How much money do you have?
as a pronoun: He didn’t say much.How much did you pay? (followed by “of”): Much of the work has already been completed.
as an adverb (with a verb or past participle): Things haven’t changed much.A much loved member of the family. (before a comparative adjective or adverb): The exam was much easier than I had expected.
  1. 1
    [usually in negatives or questions] a large amount of something

    It’s a small car that doesn’t use much fuel.

    I don’t pretend to know much about art.

    very much:

    It wouldn’t cost very much to have your old bike repaired.

    much of:

    Much of the evidence was gathered in 1991.

    too much:

    We can’t talk here. There’s too much noise.

    so much:

    He spent so much time with Claudia, it seemed as if they were never apart.

  2. 2
    used for emphasizing that someone or something is a lot bigger, better, worse, etc.
    (very) much bigger/better/worse etc.:

    Richard’s much happier now that he’s got a permanent job.

    He had married a woman very much younger than himself.

    I can’t walk much farther.

    Advisers were urging the President to act much more aggressively.

    much improved:

    Last year BP achieved much improved results.

    1. a.
      used for emphasizing that people, things, situations, etc. are very similar
      much the same (=almost the same):

      Things around here are much the same as when you left.

      (very) much like:

      The interior of the house was much like the outsideugly and dilapidated.

      She looks very much like her mother.

      (pretty) much as:

      The trial proceeded pretty much as he expected it would.

  3. 3
    [usually in negatives or questions] used for saying or asking whether someone does something a lot or whether something happens a lot or to a great degree

    Do you travel much?

    not very much:

    People here don’t use public transportation very much.

    too much:

    The trouble with Jean is she talks too much.

    so much:

    Aunt Edie laughed so much that her sides ached.

    as much as:

    I won’t be running around as much as I usually do.

    how much:

    It’s amazing how much things have changed since we first came to live here.

  4. 4
    used for saying whether someone feels something strongly or thinks about something a lot

    He doesn’t seem to care much about the children’s education.

    very much:

    It’s obvious that they love each other very much.

    be (very) much concerned/aware:

    We are very much aware of all the risks involved in genetic engineering.

See also
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

deep learning

a form of machine learning which incorporates the use of neural networks

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

snap election

a general election … that is called earlier than expected

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play