- 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
- 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.
- a large or considerable number of persons or things: A good many of the beggars were blind.
- the many, the greater part of humankind.
- many persons or things: Many of the beggars were blind. Many were unable to attend.
Origin of many
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- great in quantity, measure, or degree: too much cake.
- 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.
- to a great extent or degree; greatly; far: to talk too much; much heavier.
- nearly, approximately, or about: This is much like the others.
- make much of,
- to treat, represent, or consider as of great importance: to make much of trivial matters.
- to treat with great consideration; show fondness for; flatter.
- much as,
- almost the same as: We need exercise, much as we need nourishment.
- however much: Much as she wanted to stay at the party, she had to leave.
- not so much, Informal. not(def 3).
Origin of much
- a combining form of most occurring in a series of superlatives: foremost; utmost.
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
- forming the superlative degree of some adjectives and adverbshindmost; uppermost
- (sometimes preceded by a great or a good)
- a large number ofmany coaches; many times
- (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)
- a great number ofas many apples as you like; too many clouds to see
- (as pronoun; functioning as plural)I have as many as you
- the many the majority of mankind, esp the common peoplethe many are kept in ignorance while the few prosper Compare few (def. 7)
- (usually used with a negative)a great quantity or degree ofthere isn't much honey left
- (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
- 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
- (predicative; usually used with a negative) impressive or importantthis car isn't much
Word Origin and History for 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.
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."
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).
Idioms and Phrases with most
In addition to the idioms beginning with much