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Meaning of most by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old English mǣst, from Proto-Germanic. Cognate with Dutch meest, German meist, Swedish mest .


    • ( UK ) enPR: mōst, IPA: /məʊst/, X-SAMPA: /m@Ust/
    • ( US ) enPR: mōst, IPA: /moʊst/, X-SAMPA: /moUst/
    • Rhymes: -əʊst



    1. Superlative form of much .
      Most people like chocolate .
      Most simply choose to ignore it .
      Most want the best for their children .


    • almost all


    most ( not comparable )

    1. Superlative form of many .
    2. Superlative form of much .
    3. ( With a definite article ) Forms the superlative of many adjectives .
      This is the most important example .
    4. To a great extent or degree; highly; very .
      This is a most unusual specimen .
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    most ( usually uncountable; plural: mosts )

    1. ( uncountable ) The greatest amount .
      The most I can offer for the house is $150,000 .
    2. ( countable ) A record-setting amount .

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    1. Furthest; -est; used to form superlatives of certain adjectives, especially directional and inherently-comparative ones .

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    • -more

Explanation of most by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. ( of actions or states ) slightly short of or not quite accomplished

    2. the job is ( just ) about done; most everyone agrees
      the baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded
      we're almost finished
    3. used to form the superlative

    4. the king cobra is the most dangerous snake
    5. very

    6. a most welcome relief
    1. the superlative of `much' that can be used with mass nouns and is usually preceded by `the'

    2. made the most money he could
      what attracts the most attention?
      made the most of a bad deal
    3. quantifier meaning the greatest in number

    4. who has the most apples?
      most people like eggs
      most fishes have fins

    Definition of most by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Most ( mōst ), a., superl. of More. [OE. most, mast, mest, AS. mǣst; akin to D. meest, OS. mēst, G. meist, Icel. mestr, Goth. maists; a superl. corresponding to E. more. √103. See More, a.]
      1. Consisting of the greatest number or quantity; greater in number or quantity than all the rest; nearly all. “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness.” Prov. xx. 6.

      The cities wherein most of his mighty works were done. Matt. xi. 20.

      2. Greatest in degree; as, “he has the most need of it”. “In the moste pride.” Chaucer.

      3. Highest in rank; greatest. [Obs.] Chaucer.

      ☞ Most is used as a noun, the words part, portion, quantity, etc., being omitted, and has the following meanings: 1. The greatest value, number, or part; preponderating portion; highest or chief part. 2. The utmost; greatest possible amount, degree, or result; especially in the phrases to make the most of, at the most, at most.

      A quarter of a year or some months at the most. Bacon.

      A covetous man makes the most of what he has. L'Estrange.

      For the most part, in reference to the larger part of a thing, or to the majority of the persons, instances, or things referred to; as, human beings, for the most part, are superstitious; the view, for the most part, was pleasing. -- Most an end, generally. See An end, under End, n. [Obs.] “She sleeps most an end.” Massinger.

    2. Most, adv. [AS. mǣst. See Most, a.] In the greatest or highest degree.

      Those nearest to this king, and most his favorites, were courtiers and prelates. Milton.

      ☞ Placed before an adjective or adverb, most is used to form the superlative degree, being equivalent to the termination -est; as, most vile, most wicked; most illustrious; most rapidly. Formerly, and until after the Elizabethan period of our literature, the use of the double superlative was common. See More, adv.

      The most unkindest cut of all. Shak.

      The most straitest sect of our religion. Acts xxvi. 5.