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many adj (comparative more, superlative most) 1 (sometimes a great many or good many) consisting of a large number; numerous Many teenagers smoke had to stop a good many times to rest. 2 (the many) the majority or the crowd; ordinary people, not nobility or royalty. pronoun a great number (of people or things) The sweets were so rich that I couldn't eat many. See also more, most. as many the same number (of something) She hasn't as many friends as you I don't want as many. have one too many colloq to drink to excess. how many? how great a number? How many people are coming? many a, an or another as or being one of a number of (a specified thing) many a man spent many a happy hour there. many's the time colloq on a great many occasions Many's the time I found her crying. too many too great a number (of something); more than required There are too many people in here.
ETYMOLOGY: Anglo-Saxon manig.
more (used as the comparative of many and much) adj greater; additional He has more clothes than me Don't use more than two bags. adverb 1 used to form the comparative form of many adjectives and most adverbs, especially those of two or more syllables a more difficult problem Drive more carefully. 2 to a greater degree; with a greater frequency I miss him more than ever. 3 again Do it once more. pronoun a greater, or additional, number or quantity of people or things If we run out, I'll have to order more. See also most. more and more increasingly; continuing to increase. more of a something better described as or closer to being (a specified thing) more of a painter than a writer. more or less 1 almost more or less finished. 2 roughly It'll take two hours, more or less.
ETYMOLOGY: Anglo-Saxon mara greater.
much adj pronoun (comparative more, superlative most) especially with negatives and in questions: 1 a great amount or quantity of something You don't have much luck How much time is there left? 2 (as pronoun) a great deal; anything of significance or value Can you see much? My belongings don't amount to much. adverb 1 by a great deal That looks much prettier. 2 to a great degree don't like her much We are much alike. 3 (often much the same) nearly the same; almost Things look much as I left them. See also more, most. a bit much colloq rather more that can be tolerated or accepted His constant teasing is a bit much. as much as ... or much as ... although ... I cannot come, much as I would like to. make much of something or someone 1 to cherish or take special interest in them or it, or to treat them or it as very important. 2 with negatives to find much sense in, or to succeed in understanding, them or it couldn't make much of what he was saying. not much of a something colloq not a very good example of it; a rather poor one I'm not much of a singer. not up to much colloq of a poor standard; not much good. too much colloq more than can be tolerated or accepted I find the noise too much. too much for someone more than a match for them.
ETYMOLOGY: 13c: from Anglo-Saxon mycel; see mickle.
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