Webster 1913 Edition
Comwanting, but supplied by
(mōst), from another root.]
miche, prob. the same as
mikel, fr. AS.
mycel; cf. Gr.
μεγάλη, great, and Icel.
mjök, adv., much. √103. See
Great in quantity; long in duration;
muchrain has fallen;
Thou shalt carry
muchseed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in.
Deut. xxviii. 38.
Many in number.
Edom came out against him with
Num. xx. 20.
High in rank or position.
A great quantity; a great deal; also, an indefinite quantity;
as, you have as.
He that gathered
muchhad 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.
A thing uncommon, wonderful, or noticeable; something considerable.
And [he] thought not
muchto clothe his enemies.
To make much of,
to treat as something of especial value or worth.
To a great degree or extent; greatly; abundantly; far; nearly.“Much suffering heroes.”
muchmightier than we.
Gen. xxvi. 16.
Excellent speech becometh not a fool,
muchless do lying lips a prince.
Prov. xvii. 7.
Henceforth I fly not death, nor would prolong
All left the world
muchas they found it.
Sir W. Temple.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Great in quantity or amount.
Thou shalt carry much seed into the field, and gather but little in. Deut.28.
Manasseh wrought much wickedness in the sight of the Lord to provoke him to anger. 2 Kings 21.
Return with much riches to your tents. Jost. 22.
2.Long in duration. How much time is spent in trifling amusements!
3.Many in number.
Edom came out against him with much people. Num.20.
[This application of much is no longer used.]
1.To a great degree or extent; qualifying verbs and participles.
Jonathan, Saul's son, delighted much in David. 1 Sam.19.
It is a night to be much observed. Ex.12.
The soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. Num.21.
A much afflicted, much enduring man.
2.Often or long.
Think much, speak little.
All left the world much as they found it.
He that gathered much had nothing over. Ex.16.
To whom much is given, of him much shall be required. Luke 12.
They have much of the poetry of Maecenas, but little of his liberality.
1.More than enough; a heavy service or burden.
He thought not much to clothe his enemies.
Who thought it much a man should die of love.
2.An uncommon thing; something strange.
It was much that one who was so great a lover of peace should be happy in war.
As much, an equal quantity; used as an adjective or noun. Return as much bread as you borrowed. If you borrow money, return as much as you receive. So we say, twice as much, five times as much, that is, twice or five times the quantity.
1.A certain or suitable quantity.
Then take as much as thy soul desireth. 1 Sam.2.
2.To an equal degree; adverbially. One man loves power as much as another loves gold.
So much, an equal quantity or a certain quantity, as a noun; to an equal degree, or to a certain degree, as an adverb.
Of sweet cinnamon half so much. Ex.30.
In all Israel, there was none to be so much praised as Absalom. 2 Sam.14.
Too much, an excessive quantity, as a noun; to an excessive degree, as an adverb.
To make much of, to value highly; to prize or to treat with great kindness and attention.
Much at one, nearly of equal value, effect or influence.