adj. more (môr), most (mōst)
Great in quantity, degree, or extent: not much rain; much affection.
1. A large quantity or amount: Much has been written.
2. Something great or remarkable: The campus wasn't much to look at.
adv. more, mostIdiom:
1. To a great degree or extent: much smarter.
2. Just about; almost: much the same.
3. Frequently; often: doesn't get out much.
Almost the same: I thought as much. She said as much.
[Middle English muche, short for muchel, from Old English mycel; see meg- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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