- in the greatest quantity, amount, measure, degree, or number: to win the most votes.
- in the majority of instances: Most operations are successful.
- greatest, as in size or extent: the most talent.
- the greatest quantity, amount, or degree; the utmost: The most I can hope for is a passing grade.
- the greatest number or the majority of a class specified: Most of his writing is rubbish.
- the greatest number: The most this room will seat is 150.
- the majority of persons: to be more sensitive than most.
- the most, Slang. the ultimate in something: He's the most. That movie was the most.
- in or to the greatest extent or degree (in this sense often used before adjectives and adverbs, and regularly before those of more than two syllables, to form superlative phrases having the same force and effect as the superlative degree formed by the termination -est): most rapid; most wisely.
- very: a most puzzling case.
- Informal. almost or nearly.
- at the most, at the maximum.Also at most.
- for the most part. part(def 34).
- make the most of, to use to greatest advantage; utilize fully: to make the most of an opportunity.
Origin of most
- a great majority of; nearly allmost people like eggs
- (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural)most of them don't know; most of it is finished
- the most
- at most or at the most at the maximumthat girl is four at the most
- for the most part generally
- make the most of to use to the best advantageshe makes the most of her accent
- than most than most othersthe leaves are greener than most
- the most slang, mainly US wonderfulthat chick's the most
- the most used to form the superlative of some adjectives and adverbsthe most beautiful daughter of all
- the superlative of much people welcome a drink most after work
- (intensifier)a most absurd story
- US and Canadian informal, or dialect almostmost every town in this state; John is the more intelligent of the two; he is the most intelligent of the students
Word Origin and History for at most
Old English mast "greatest number, amount, extent," earlier mæst, from Proto-Germanic *maistaz (cf. Old Saxon mest, Old Frisian mast, Old Norse mestr, Dutch meest, German meist, Gothic maists "most"), superlative form of Proto-Germanic *maiz, root of Old English ma, mara (see more). Used in Old English as superlative of micel "great, large" (see mickle). Vowel influenced by more. Original sense of "greatest" survives in phrase for the most part (c.1400). Slang meaning "the best, extremely good" is attested from 1953. Also used as an adverb in Old English. Phrase make the most of (something) is by 1520s. Related: Mostly. Double superlative mostest is 1885, from U.S. Southern and Black English.
Idioms and Phrases with at most
Also, at the most or at the outside. At the largest amount, the furthest limit; also, in the most extreme case. For example, She'll be finished in two weeks at the most, or It'll take two weeks at the outside, or At most the chef uses a tiny bit of pepper. The terms with most date from the 1300s; at the outside from the mid-1800s. Also see at best.
see at most; for the most part; make the most of.