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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.

noun

adverb compar. of much with most as superl.

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Idioms for 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

OTHER WORDS FROM more

more·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH more

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British Dictionary definitions for more or less (1 of 2)

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/ (mɔː) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for more or less (2 of 2)

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/ (mɔː) /

determiner

adverb

Word Origin for more

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

undefined more

See most
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Idioms and Phrases with more or less (1 of 2)

more or less

1

Approximately, as in The truck will hold nine yards of dirt, more or less. This usage was first recorded in 1589.

2

Basically, essentially, as in We more or less agree on the substance of the letter. This usage was first recorded about 1225.

Idioms and Phrases with more or less (2 of 2)

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