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Much, adj. and adv. 1) great in quantity or amount; before a subst.: “tamed with too m. handling,” Ven. 560. “with m. ado,” Ven. 560 “m. misery,” Ven. 560 “too m. wonder,” Lucr. 95. Lucr. 95 Lucr. 95 “not so m. perdition as an hair,” Tp. I, 2, 30. “how m. tribute,” Tp. I, 2, 30 “m. vexation,” Gent. III, 1, 16. “m. attribute,” Troil. II, 3, 125. “I shall have so m. experience,” Oth. II, 3, 373 etc. “there's m. example for't,” Tim. I, 2, 47. “carry back to Italy m. tall youth,” Ant. II, 6, 7. “thanks for thy m. goodness,” Meas. V, 534. “I am sorry for thy m. misgovernment,” Ado IV, 1, 100. “m. fool may you find in you,” All's II, 4, 36. “is it not past two o'clock? and here m. Orlando!” As IV, 3, 2 (i. e. no Orlando). In the predicate: “yet would my love to thee be still as m.” Ven. 442. “thy love, though m., is not so great,” Sonn. 61, 9. “m. is the force of heaven-bred poesy,” Gent. III, 2, 72. “my inwardness and love is very m. unto the prince,” Ado IV, 1, 248. “his innocence, which seems m.” Wint. V, 2, 70. “our loss might be ten times so m.” H6A II, 1, 53. “m. is your sorrow, mine ten times so m.” H6C II, 5, 112. “so m. is my poverty of spirit,” R3 III, 7, 159. “m. the reason why we ascribe it to him,” Troil. II, 3, 125. “the hurt cannot be m.” Rom. III, 1, 98. “so m. was our love,” Hml. IV, 1, 19. “his fault is m.” Lr. II, 2, 148.
2) Substantively, == a great deal: “m. of love,” Rom. III, 5, 73. “m. of grief,” Rom. III, 5, 73 “you want m. of meat,” Tim. IV, 3, 419. “she hath assayed as m. as may be proved,” Ven. 608. “cloyed with m., he pineth still for more,” Lucr. 98. “those that m. covet,” Lucr. 98 “having m.” Lucr. 98 “I will not take too m. for him,” Tp. II, 2, 80. “so m. shall you give,” H6B IV, 1, 17 etc. etc. “thinkest it m. to tread the ooze,” Tp. I, 2, 252 (== a great thing). “think you m. to pay two thousand crowns?” H6B IV, 1, 18. to make m. of == to hold dear, to show respect to: “thou strokedst me and madest m. of me,” Tp. I, 2, 333. “be comfortable to my mother and make m. of her,” All's I, 1, 87. “make m. of him,” H6C IV, 6, 75. “wear it, enjoy it, and make m. of it,” R3 V, 5, 7. “I will make m. of your voices,” Cor. II, 3, 116. “how m. she makes of thee,” Tit. IV, 1, 10. “make as m. of me as when mine empire was your fellow,” Ant. IV, 2, 21. “the bird is dead that we have made so m. on,” Cymb. IV, 2, 198. 'tis m. == it is a hard thing, a sorry business: “'tis m. to borrow, and I will not owe it,” Ven. 411. “'tis m. when sceptres are in children's hands,” H6A IV, 1, 192. “when holy and devout religious men are at their beads, 'tis m. to draw them hence,” R3 III, 7, 93 (Qq hard). Merch. III, 5, 44. Lr. III, 4, 6. Oth. IV, 1, 254. “in himself, 'tis m.” Cymb. I, 6, 79. m., alone, as an exclamation of ironical admiration: “with two points on your shoulder? m.!” H4B II, 4, 143 (Germ. das ist was Grosses, das ist was Rechtes!) “you moved me m. M.!” Tim. I, 2, 119. “the son of the female is the shadow of the male: it is often so, indeed; but m. of the father's substance!” H4B III, 2, 142 (Ff but not of etc.). That's as m. as to say == that means in other words: Ado II, 3, 270. H4B II, 2, 142. that's as much to say, in the same sense: Err. IV, 3, 54. “that's as m. to say as:” Tw. I, 5, 62. as m. == just so, the same, this: my friends told me “as m.” As IV, 1, 188. “I thought as m.” H6B II, 1, 15. “I told your majesty as m. before,” H6C III, 3, 179. “I will tell her as m.” Rom. II, 4, 185. “I care not if thou dost for me as m.” Mcb. V, 5, 41. “I thought as m.” Per. I, 4, 62. So m., in the same sense: “I would not have him know so m. by me,” LLL IV, 3, 150. “I must confess that I have heard so m.” Mids. I, 1, 111. “could not a worm, an adder, do so m.?” III, 2, 71. “'twere good you do so m. for charity,” Merch. IV, 1, 261. “she, hearing so m., will speed her foot again,” All's III, 4, 37. “he takes on him to understand so m.” Tw. I, 5, 149 (== to know it). “I have considered so m.” Wint. IV, 2, 39. “it serves you well, my lord, to say so m.” H6B III, 1, 119. “not resolute, except so m. were done,” H6B III, 1, 119 “you said so m. before, and yet you fled,” H6C II, 2, 106. Cor. II, 2, 35. Tim. III, 4, 38. so m. my office (== this it is that I have to say) H5 III, 6, 145. even so m. (== I have done) Troil. I, 3, 283. “so m. for him,” Hml. I, 2, 25. thus m. the business is, 27 (cf. Thus). So m. as == even, not so m. as == not even: “not one whose flame my heart so m. as warmed,” Compl. 191. “that cannot so m. as a blossom yield,” As II, 3, 64. “I would not so m. as make water but in a sinkapace,” Tw. I, 3, 138. “never shall so m. as frown on you,” John IV, 1, 58. “it must be great that can inherit us so m. as of a thought of ill in him,” R2 I, 1, 86. “every thing set off that might so m. as think you enemies,” H4B IV, 1, 146. (never have you) “been reguerdoned with so m. as thanks,” H6A III, 4, 23. “do thou so m. as dig the grave for him,” Tit. II, 3, 270. “thy cheek so m. as lanked not,” Ant. I, 4, 71. “who cannot be new built, nor has no friends, so m. as but to prop him,” Cymb. I, 5, 60. for so m. as == as far as: “for so m. as I have perused, I find it not fit,” Lr. I, 2, 39. By how m., by so m. the more == the more . . . the more: “by so m. the more shall I be at the height of heart-heaviness, by how m. I shall think my brother happy,” As V, 2, 49. “which would be so m. the more dangerous, by how m. the estate is green,” R3 II, 2, 126. Similarly: “by how m. unexpected, by so m. we must awake endeavour,” John II, 80. “by how m. better than my word I am, by so m. shall I falsify men's hopes,” H4A I, 2, 234. Without an antecedent: “so m. the more our carver's excellence,” Wint. V, 3, 30. “so m. the worse, if your own rule be true,” H4B IV, 2, 86. “and swell so m. the higher by their ebb,” H6C IV, 8, 56. “so m. the more must pity drop upon her,” H8 II, 3, 17. “you would be so m. more the man,” Mcb. I, 7, 51. Similarly: “by so m. is the wonder in extremes,” H6C III, 2, 115.
Before comparatives, == a great deal, by far: “m. feater than before,” Tp. II, 1, 273. “with m. more ease,” III, 1, 30. “dare m. less take what I shall die to want,” III, 1, 30 “means m. weaker,” V, 146. “m. less shall she,” Gent. II, 7, 11 etc.
3) to a great degree; qualifying verbs: “the morning is so m. o'erworn,” Ven. 866. “how m. a fool was I,” Ven. 866 “m. amazed,” Lucr. 446. “which since have steaded m.” Tp. I, 2, 165. “which throes thee m. to yield,” II, 1, 231. “so m. admire,” V, 154. “nor needst thou m. importune me,” Gent. I, 3, 17. “I love his lady too m.” II, 4, 205. “some men are m. to blame,” Cymb. I, 6, 77 etc. etc. Qualifying adjectives and adverbs, == very: “which I was m. unwilling to proceed in,” Gent. II, 1, 112. “m. different from the man he was,” Err. V, 46. “m. willing to be counted wise,” LLL II, 18. “I confess me m. guilty,” As I, 2, 196. “m. sea-sick,” Wint. V, 2, 128. “with m. expedient march,” John II, 223. I am m. ill, H4B IV 4, 111. “he is m. sorry,” Troil. II, 3, 116. “we shall be m. unwelcome,” IV, 1, 45. “so m. ungently tempered,” V, 3, 1. “'tis m. deep,” Tim. III, 4, 30. “I am m. forgetful,” Caes. IV, 3, 255. “seem m. unsinewed,” Hml. IV, 7, 10. “I take it m. unkindly,” Oth. I, 1, 1. “how m. unlike art thou Mark Antony,” Ant. I, 5, 35. “seems m. unequal,” II, 5, 101. “I am m. sorry,” Cymb. II, 3, 109. as m., how m., so m., too m., very m. == as, how, so etc.: “'tis as m. impossible,” H8 V, 4, 12. “how m. thou art degenerate,” H4A III, 2, 128. “so m. unreasonable,” Merch. V, 203. “too m. profane,” Sonn. 89, 11. “too m. sad,” R2 II, 2, 1. “our too m. memorable shame,” H5 II, 4, 53. “very m. glad of it,” Ado I, 1, 19. Qualifying prepositional expressions: “our escape is m. beyond our loss,” Tp. II, 1, 3. “I shall be m. in years,” Rom. III, 5, 46.
== pretty nearly, almost: “m. like a press of people at a door,” Lucr. 1301. “m. upon this riddle runs the wisdom of the world,” Meas. III, 2, 242. m. upon th<*> time have I promised here to meet, IV, 1, 17. “to be m. at one,” H5 V, 2, 204 (pretty nearly of the same value). “m. about cock-shut time,” R3 V, 3, 70. “I was your mother m. upon these years,” Rom. I, 3, 72. “it was m. like an argument that fell out last night,” Cymb. I, 4, 60.
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