make much of

much

[muhch]
adjective, more, most.
1.
great in quantity, measure, or degree: too much cake.
noun
2.
a great quantity, measure, or degree: Much of his research was unreliable.
3.
a great, important, or notable thing or matter: The house is not much to look at.
adverb, more, most.
4.
to a great extent or degree; greatly; far: to talk too much; much heavier.
5.
nearly, approximately, or about: This is much like the others.
Idioms
6.
make much of,
a.
to treat, represent, or consider as of great importance: to make much of trivial matters.
b.
to treat with great consideration; show fondness for; flatter.
7.
much as,
a.
almost the same as: We need exercise, much as we need nourishment.
b.
however much: Much as she wanted to stay at the party, she had to leave.
8.
not so much, Informal. not ( def 3 ).

Origin:
1150–1200; Middle English muche, moche, apocopated variant of muchel, mochel, Old English mycel; replacing Middle English miche(l), Old English micel great, much (cf. mickle), cognate with Old Norse mikill, Gothic mikils, Greek mégal-, suppletive stem of mégas great

much, very (see usage note at very).
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much (mʌtʃ)
 
determiner
1.  a.  (usually used with a negative) a great quantity or degree of: there isn't much honey left
 b.  (as pronoun): much has been learned from this
2.  informal a bit much rather excessive
3.  as much exactly that: I suspected as much when I heard
4.  make much of See make of
5.  not much of not to any appreciable degree or extent: he's not much of an actor really
6.  informal not up to much of a low standard: this beer is not up to much
7.  (used with a negative) think much of to have a high opinion of: I don't think much of his behaviour
 
adv
8.  considerably: they're much better now
9.  practically; nearly (esp in the phrase much the same)
10.  (usually used with a negative) often; a great deal: it doesn't happen much in this country
11.  much as, as much as even though; although: much as I'd like to, I can't come
 
adj
12.  (predicative; usually used with a negative) impressive or important: this car isn't much
 
[Old English mycel; related to Old English micel great, Old Saxon mikil, Gothic mikils; compare also Latin magnus, Greek megas]

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Word Origin & History

much
c.1200, worn down by loss of unaccented last syllable from M.E. muchel, from O.E. micel "great in amount or extent," from P.Gmc. *mekilaz, from PIE *meg- "great." For vowel evolution, see bury.
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Idioms & Phrases

make much of

Treat or consider as very important; also, pay someone a lot of favorable attention. For example, Bill made much of the fact that he'd been to Europe three times, or Whenever Alice came home for a visit they made much of her. [c. 1300]

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