[ mohst ]
/ moʊst /
adjective, superlative of much or many, with more as comparative.
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.
adverb, superlative of much, with more as comparative.
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.
Informal. almost or nearly.
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Idioms for most
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
First recorded before 900; Middle English most(e), Old English māst; replacing Middle English mest(e),Old English mǣst; cognate with German meist, Gothic maists; see more
synonym study for most
11. See almost.
usage note for most
11. The adverb most, a shortened form of almost, is far from being either a recent development or an Americanism. It goes back to the 16th century in England, where it is now principally a dialect form. In American English it occurs before such pronouns as all, anyone, anybody, everyone, and everybody; the adjectives all, any, and every; and adverbs like anywhere and everywhere: Most everyone around here is related to everyone else. You can find that plant most anywhere. This use of most is often objected to, but it is common in the informal speech of educated persons. It is less common in edited writing except in representations of speech.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH mostalmost, most
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Definition for most (2 of 2)
a combining form of most occurring in a series of superlatives: foremost; utmost.
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British Dictionary definitions for most (1 of 2)
/ (məʊst) /
- 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
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 for most
Old English māst or mǣst, whence Middle English moste, mēst; compare Old Frisian maest, Old High German meist, Old Norse mestr
usage for most
More and most should be distinguished when used in comparisons. More applies to cases involving two persons, objects, etc, most to cases involving three or more
British Dictionary definitions for most (2 of 2)
forming the superlative degree of some adjectives and adverbshindmost; uppermost
Word Origin for -most
Old English -mǣst, -mest, originally a superlative suffix, later mistakenly taken as derived from mǣst (adv) most
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Idioms and Phrases with most
see at most; for the most part; make the most of.
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