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[mawr, mohr]
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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.

noun

adverb compar. of much with most as superl.


Idioms

    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 formsmore·ness, noun
Can be confusedmoor more

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[mawr, mohr]

noun

Hannah,1745–1833, English writer on religious subjects.
Paul Elmer,1864–1937, U.S. essayist, critic, and editor.
Sir Thomas,1478–1535, English humanist, statesman, and author: canonized in 1935.

Moré

[muh-rey]

noun

many

[men-ee]

adjective, more, most.

constituting or forming a large number; numerous: many people.
noting each one of a large number (usually followed by a or an): For many a day it rained.

noun

a large or considerable number of persons or things: A good many of the beggars were blind.
the many, the greater part of humankind.

pronoun

many persons or things: Many of the beggars were blind. Many were unable to attend.

Origin of many

before 900; Middle English mani, meni, Old English manig, menig; akin to Old Saxon, Old High German manag, menig, Danish mange, Gothic manags
Related formso·ver·man·y, adjective

Synonyms for many

1. multifarious, multitudinous, myriad; divers, sundry, various. Many, innumerable, manifold, numerous imply the presence or succession of a large number of units. Many is a popular and common word for this idea: many times. Numerous, a more formal word, refers to a great number or to very many units: letters too numerous to mention. Innumerable denotes a number that is beyond count or, more loosely, that is extremely difficult to count: the innumerable stars in the sky. Manifold implies not only that the number is large but also that there is variety or complexity.

Antonyms for many

1. few, single.

mores

[mawr-eyz, -eez, mohr-]

plural noun Sociology.

folkways of central importance accepted without question and embodying the fundamental moral views of a group.

Origin of mores

1905–10; < Latin mōres, plural of mōs usage, custom

Synonyms for mores

customs, conventions, practices.

much

[muhch]

adjective, more, most.

great in quantity, measure, or degree: too much cake.

noun

a great quantity, measure, or degree: Much of his research was unreliable.
a great, important, or notable thing or matter: The house is not much to look at.

adverb, more, most.

to a great extent or degree; greatly; far: to talk too much; much heavier.
nearly, approximately, or about: This is much like the others.

Origin of much

1150–1200; Middle English muche, moche, apocopated variant of muchel, mochel, Old English mycel; replacing Middle English miche(l), Old English micel great, much (cf. mickle), cognate with Old Norse mikill, Gothic mikils, Greek mégal-, suppletive stem of mégas great
Can be confusedmuch very (see usage note at very)

ex more

[eks moh-re; English eks mawr-ee, mohr-ee, mawr-ey, mohr-ey]

adverb Latin.

according to custom.
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  • For his sake, I am glad once more to be in my own happy home.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • She left me more composed and happy than I have been for many days.

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    Lydia Maria Child

  • But Avice is—er—my dear, she is like her mother in more ways than one.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Dad and the mater both say the same now—they're more severe than I was.

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    Harry Leon Wilson

  • "So much the more need that we enshrine her image in our own hearts," rejoined Plato.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child


British Dictionary definitions for more

more

determiner

  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; furtherno 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 degreewe see more of Sue these days; more of a nuisance than it should be

adverb

used to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbsa more believable story; more quickly
the comparative of much people listen to the radio more now
additionally; againI'll look at it once more
more or less
  1. as an estimate; approximately
  2. to an unspecified extent or degreethe 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 for more

Old English māra; compare Old Saxon, Old High German mēro, Gothic maiza. See also most

xref

See most

More

noun

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

mores

pl n

sociol the customs and conventions embodying the fundamental values of a group or society

Word Origin for mores

C20: from Latin, plural of mōs custom

many

determiner

(sometimes preceded by a great or a good)
  1. a large number ofmany coaches; many times
  2. (as pronoun; functioning as plural)many are seated already
(foll by a, an, or another, and a singular noun) each of a considerable number ofmany a man
(preceded by as, too, that, etc)
  1. a great number ofas many apples as you like; too many clouds to see
  2. (as pronoun; functioning as plural)I have as many as you

noun

the many the majority of mankind, esp the common peoplethe many are kept in ignorance while the few prosper Compare few (def. 7)
See also more, most

Word Origin for many

Old English manig; related to Old Frisian manich, Middle Dutch menech, Old High German manag

much

determiner

  1. (usually used with a negative)a great quantity or degree ofthere isn't much honey left
  2. (as pronoun)much has been learned from this
a bit much informal rather excessive
as much exactly thatI suspected as much when I heard
make much of See make of (def. 4)
not much of not to any appreciable degree or extenthe's not much of an actor really
not up to much informal of a low standardthis beer is not up to much
think much of (used with a negative) to have a high opinion ofI don't think much of his behaviour

adverb

considerablythey're much better now
practically; nearly (esp in the phrase much the same)
(usually used with a negative) often; a great dealit doesn't happen much in this country
much as or as much as even though; althoughmuch as I'd like to, I can't come

adjective

(predicative; usually used with a negative) impressive or importantthis car isn't much
See also more, most

Word Origin for much

Old English mycel; related to Old English micel great, Old Saxon mikil, Gothic mikils; compare also Latin magnus, Greek megas
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Word Origin and History for more
adj.

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.

mores

n.

"customs," 1907, from Latin mores "customs, manners, morals" (see moral (adj.)).

much

adj.

c.1200, worn down by loss of unaccented last syllable from Middle English muchel "large, much," from Old English micel "great in amount or extent," from Proto-Germanic *mekilaz, from PIE *meg- "great" (see mickle). As a noun and an adverb, from c.1200. For vowel evolution, see bury.

many

n.

Old English menigu, from many (adj.). The many "the multitude" attested from 1520s. Cf. also Gothic managei "multitude, crowd," Old High German managi "large number, plurality," German Menge "multitude."

many

adj.

Old English monig, manig "many, many a, much," from Proto-Germanic *managaz (cf. Old Saxon manag, Swedish mången, Old Frisian manich, Dutch menig, Old High German manag, German manch, Gothic manags), from PIE *menegh- "copious" (cf. Old Church Slavonic munogu "much, many," Old Irish menicc, Welsh mynych "frequent," Old Irish magham "gift"). Pronunciation altered by influence of any (see manifold).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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mores

[(mawr-ayz, mawr-eez)]

The customs and manners of a social group or culture. Mores often serve as moral guidelines for acceptable behavior but are not necessarily religious or ethical.

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Idioms and Phrases with more

more

In addition to the idioms beginning with more

  • more and more
  • more bang for the buck
  • more dead than alive
  • more fun than a barrel of monkeys
  • more in sorrow than in anger
  • more often than not
  • more or less
  • more power to someone
  • more sinned against than sinning
  • more than meets the eye
  • more than one bargained for
  • more than one can shake a stick at
  • more than one way to skin a cat
  • more the merrier, the

also see:

  • bite off more than one can chew
  • irons in the fire, more than one
  • wear another (more than one) hat
  • what is more

many

In addition to the idioms beginning with many

  • many a
  • many hands make light work
  • many happy returns
  • many is the

also see:

  • as many
  • good (great) many
  • in so many words
  • irons in the fire, too many
  • so many
  • too many cooks spoil the broth

much

In addition to the idioms beginning with much

  • much ado about nothing
  • much as
  • much less
  • much sought after

also see:

  • as much
  • as much as
  • make much of
  • not miss a trick (much)
  • not think much of
  • pretty much
  • so much
  • so much for
  • so much the better
  • (much) sought after
  • take it (just so much)
  • take on (too much)
  • too much of a good thing
  • without so much as
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