[ 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.
- to some extent; somewhat: She seemed more or less familiar with the subject.
- about; in substance; approximately: We came to more or less the same conclusion.
more and more, to an increasing extent or degree; gradually more: They became involved more and more in stock speculation.
more or less,
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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British Dictionary definitions for more and more (1 of 2)
/ (mɔː) /
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
British Dictionary definitions for more and more (2 of 2)
/ (mɔː) /
- additional; furtherno more bananas
- (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
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
- as an estimate; approximately
- 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
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Idioms and Phrases with more and more (1 of 2)
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]
Idioms and Phrases with more and more (2 of 2)
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
- bite off more than one can chew
- irons in the fire, more than one
- wear another (more than one) hat
- what is more
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