Much (?), a. [Compar. & superl. wanting, but supplied by More (?), and Most (), from another root.] [OE. moche, muche, miche, prob. the same as mochel, muchel, michel, mikel, fr. AS. micel, mycel; cf. Gr. , fem. , great, and Icel. mjok, adv., much. 103. See Mickle.]

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.]

Chaucer.

 

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Much, n.

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.

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.

 

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Much, adv. [Cf. Icel. mjok. See Much, a.]

To a great degree or extent; greatly; abundantly; far; nearly.

"Much suffering heroes."

Pope.

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.

 

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