formalto treat a person or thing as though you think they are very important or special:
The press made much of the discovery.
They've always made much of their nephews and nieces.
GRAMMAR GRAMMAR When much is a quantifier, it is used mainly in questions and negative sentences• Was there much mess?• I don't have much time.In sentences which are not questions or negative sentences, phrases like 'a lot of' and 'plenty of' are used instead• Kurama has a lot of snow (NOT Kurama has much snow).Much can also be used after too, so, and as• We've wasted too much time. • She cried so much her head ached. • Drink as much wine as you want.!! Do not use much before countable nouns. Use many or a lot of• There are too many advertisements on television (NOT There are too much advertisements on television).When muchis an adverb, it is mainly used before comparative adjectives• He looks much older than 35. • Some people are much more fortunate than others.Much can also be used before some adjectives in questions and negative questions • She doesn't look much different with her new hairstyle.!! Do not use much before adjectives in sentences that are not questions or negative sentences. Use very• Tea and coffee taste very different (NOT Tea and coffee taste much different).Much can also be used before some past participles acting as adjectives• Education is a much discussed government service. • a much admired writer This use is mainly found in formal and literary English.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.