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[mawr, mohr] /mɔr, moʊr/
adjective, compar. of much or many with most as superl.
in greater quantity, amount, measure, degree, or number:
I need more money.
additional or further:
Do you need more time? More discussion seems pointless.
an additional quantity, amount, or number:
I would give you more if I had it. He likes her all the more. When I could take no more of such nonsense, I left.
a greater quantity, amount, or degree:
More is expected of him. The price is more than I thought.
something of greater importance:
His report is more than a survey.
(used with a plural verb) a greater number of a class specified, or the greater number of persons:
More will attend this year than ever before.
adverb, compar. of much with most as superl.
in or to a greater extent or degree (in this sense often used before adjectives and adverbs, and regularly before those of more than two syllables, to form comparative phrases having the same force and effect as the comparative degree formed by the termination -er):
more interesting; more slowly.
in addition; further; longer; again:
Let's talk more another time. We couldn't stand it any more.
more and more, to an increasing extent or degree; gradually more:
They became involved more and more in stock speculation.
more or less,
  1. to some extent; somewhat:
    She seemed more or less familiar with the subject.
  2. about; in substance; approximately:
    We came to more or less the same conclusion.
Origin of more
before 900; Middle English; Old English māra; cognate with Old High German mēro, Old Norse meiri, Gothic maiza. See most
Related forms
moreness, noun
Can be confused
moor, more. Unabridged
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Hannah. 1745–1833, English writer, noted for her religious tracts, esp The Shepherd of Salisbury Plain
Sir Thomas. 1478–1535, English statesman, humanist, and Roman Catholic Saint; Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII (1529–32). His opposition to the annulment of Henry's marriage to Catherine of Aragon and his refusal to recognize the Act of Supremacy resulted in his execution on a charge of treason. In Utopia (1516) he set forth his concept of the ideal state. Feast day: June 22 or July 6


  1. the comparative of much, many more joy than you know, more pork sausages
  2. (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural): he has more than she has, even more are dying every day
  1. additional; further: no more bananas
  2. (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural): I can't take any more, more than expected
more of, to a greater extent or degree: we see more of Sue these days, more of a nuisance than it should be
used to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbs: a more believable story, more quickly
the comparative of much people listen to the radio more now
additionally; again: I'll look at it once more
more or less
  1. as an estimate; approximately
  2. to an unspecified extent or degree: the party was ruined, more or less
more so, to a greater extent or degree
neither more nor less than, simply
think more of, to have a higher opinion of
what is more, moreover
Word Origin
Old English māra; compare Old Saxon, Old High German mēro, Gothic maiza. See also most
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Old English mara "greater, more, stronger, mightier," used as a comparative of micel "great" (see mickle), from Proto-Germanic *maizon- (cf. Old Saxon mera, Old Norse meiri, Old Frisian mara, Middle Dutch mere, Old High German mero, German mehr), from PIE *meis- (cf. Avestan mazja "greater," Old Irish mor "great," Welsh mawr "great," Greek -moros "great," Oscan mais "more"), from root *me- "big." Sometimes used as an adverb in Old English ("in addition"), but Old English generally used related ma "more" as adverb and noun. This became Middle English mo, but more in this sense began to predominate in later Middle English.

"Take some more tea," the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.

"I've had nothing yet," Alice replied in an offended tone, "so I can't take more."

"You mean you can't take less," said the Hatter: "it's very easy to take more than nothing."
More or less "in a greater or lesser degree" is from early 13c.; appended to a statement to indicate approximation, from 1580s.

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more and more

Increasingly, to a steadily growing extent or degree. For example, As night came on, we were getting more and more worried, or More and more I lean toward thinking he is right. [ c. 1200 ]
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