most
Pronunciation
Determiner
  1. superlative degree of much#English|much.
    The teams competed to see who could collect the most money.
  2. superlative degree of many#English|many: the comparatively largest number of (ngd construed with the definite article)
    The team with the most points wins.
  3. superlative degree of many#English|many: the majority of; more than half of (ngd construed without the definite article)
    Most bakers and dairy farmers have to get up early.
    Winning was not important for most participants.
Synonyms
  • (superlative of much) more than half of (in meaning, not grammar), almost all
  • (superlative of many) the majority of (in meaning, not grammar)
Translations
  • French: la plupart de
  • German: die meisten
  • Italian: la maggioranza di, di più
  • Portuguese: maioria
  • Russian: большинство́
  • Spanish: la mayoría de, muchos

Adverb

most (not comparable)

  1. Forms the superlative of many adjectives.
    Antonyms: least
    This is the most important example.
    Correctness is most important.
  2. To a great extent or degree; highly; very.
    This is a most unusual specimen.
    • 1895, H. G. Wells, The Time Machine Chapter X
      Now, I still think that for this box of matches to have escaped the wear of time for immemorial years was a strange, and for me, a most fortunate thing.
  3. superlative form of many
  4. superlative form of much
    Antonyms: least
Related terms Translations
  • Portuguese: maioria
  • Russian: бо́льше всего́
Translations
  • Portuguese: maioria
  • Russian: бо́льше всего́
Translations
  • French: le plus, la plus, les plus
  • German: -ster, -ste, am ...-sten (adverbs)
  • Italian: il più
  • Portuguese: o/a/os/as mais
  • Russian: наи-
  • Spanish: el/la/lo más
Translations
Pronoun
  1. The greater part of a group, especially a group of people.
    Most want the best for their children.
    The peach was juicier and more flavourful than most.
Synonyms
Noun

most (uncountable)

  1. (uncountable) The greatest amount.
    The most I can offer for the house is $150,000.
  2. (countable, uncountable) The greater part.
    Most of the penguins were friendly and curious.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, chapter III, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619 ↗:
      At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors. […] In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
    Most of the rice was spoiled.
  3. (countable) A record-setting amount.

Adverb

most (not comparable)

  1. (informal, chiefly, US) Almost.
    • 2000, Jewish Baltimore: A Family Album ISBN 0801864275, page 159:
      "We walked there most every day after school."



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