Definition of most in English:

most

Pronunciation /mōst/ /moʊst/

determiner

  • 1Greatest in amount, quantity, or degree.

    ‘they've had the most success’
    ‘the candidate with most votes wins’
    1. 1.1The majority of; nearly all of.
      ‘most oranges are sweeter than these’
      nearly all, almost all, the greatest number, the greatest part, the greatest quantity, the majority, the bulk, the lion's share, the mass, the preponderance
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pronoun

  • 1The greatest amount or quantity.

    ‘we had the most to lose’
    ‘it's the most I can expect to accomplish in one day’
    1. 1.1The greatest part; the majority.
      ‘I spent most of the winter on the coast’
      nearly all, almost all, the greatest number, the greatest part, the greatest quantity, the majority, the bulk, the lion's share, the mass, the preponderance
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adverb

  • 1Forming the superlative of adjectives and adverbs, especially those of more than one syllable.

    ‘the most important event of my life’
    ‘sandy plains where fire tends to spread most quickly’
  • 2To the greatest extent.

    ‘the things he most enjoyed’
    ‘what she wanted most of all’
  • 3Extremely; very.

    ‘it was most kind of you’
    ‘that is most probably correct’
    very, extremely, awfully, dreadfully, really, frightfully, exceptionally, exceedingly, immensely, thoroughly, uncommonly, remarkably, eminently, extraordinarily, incredibly, most, positively, decidedly, downright
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  • 4North American informal Almost.

    ‘most everyone understood’

Phrases

    be the most
    informal
    • Be the best of all; be the ultimate.

      ‘The six players named to the all-star team were the most of any school in the region.’
    for the most part
    • In most cases; usually.

      ‘the older members, for the most part, shun him’
      • ‘In the garden the green spears of Spring bulbs, daffodils for the most part, are well through the soil.’
      • ‘Fruit trees - apples, pears and plums for the most part - are weighed down with a good year's crop.’
      • ‘He is a part of the broadcasting system and believes it has treated him fairly for the most part.’
      • ‘This was a highly entertaining game, played for the most part at a fast and furious pace.’
      • ‘A lovely sunny day for the most part, though it clouded over somewhat towards the evening.’
      • ‘The tourists have, for the most part, voted with their feet and continue to stay away in droves.’
      • ‘During the nine days he survived prison, the boy was for the most part completely isolated.’
      • ‘In consequence the autumn colours are muted, just soft dusty yellows for the most part.’
      • ‘He avoids interviews for the most part, but when he gives them he picks his words carefully.’
      • ‘Perhaps the fact that none of it is real and is based for the most part on fantasy shouldn't matter.’
      • ‘It is for the most part well written and presents us with some valuable insights.’
      • ‘It was a love-hate relationship and, for the most part, she was on the wrong end of it.’
      • ‘Our feet take quite a hammering and are, for the most part, overlooked by many of us.’
      • ‘I got the impression that it had been well planned and well thought out for the most part.’
      • ‘It was a dull job for the most part, but it paid for my tap classes, and you know how much I love to tap.’
      • ‘Most daily newspapers are available online and, for the most part, you can read them for free.’
      • ‘The twentieth century has received a dismal press and, for the most part, deservedly so.’
      • ‘The amendments that have been passed fall, for the most part, into clear categories.’
      • ‘Papa remained stoic for the most part, but sounded rather choked when he wished me goodbye.’
      • ‘He had spent his life in India, for the most part as a political agent at the courts of Indian princes.’
    at most
    • Not more than.

      ‘I'm assuming you need them for a day or two at most’
      ‘the walk took four minutes at the most’
      • ‘Work began on Friday night, but traffic was light yesterday with delays of only a few minutes at most.’
      • ‘It must have been only a few seconds, a minute at the most, but it felt like an eternity.’
      • ‘I returned to my office about half an hour later for one or two minutes at most to collect some more papers, and left again.’
      • ‘Once the system is re-connected it takes about two minutes at most to reach full pressure.’
      • ‘He felt as though he had been running for hours when it had only been a mere ten minutes at most.’
      • ‘The time spent on individual study varies throughout the year but is probably two to three hours a week at the most.’
      • ‘There are, at most, six bridleways in the Baildon area, all of which require riders to use roads to get to them.’
      • ‘He was convinced that this sedative would leave the horse's system in a week, or at most a fortnight.’
      • ‘It doesn't happen often - twice a year at most - and usually it passes within an hour or so.’
      • ‘She sees her father at most twice a year now, having discovered that the only thing a family shares is its past.’
    make the most of
    • 1Use to the best advantage.

      ‘he was eager to make the most of his visit’
      • ‘And her life experience to date seems that of a high-achiever making the most of the advantages afforded her.’
      • ‘We were lucky to be drawn at home, which is a big advantage, and we made the most of it.’
      • ‘They can help you make the most of your capital and advise on how to get more.’
      • ‘Have we endeavoured to be better people, to make the most of our lives, to be tolerant and accepting?’
      • ‘We had seized this opportunity to be alone together and decided to make the most of it.’
      • ‘They have grasped their limited opportunities and made the most of them.’
      • ‘To attain this end, I seized those opportunities that came my way and made the most of them.’
      • ‘In this way, then, I am making the most of what modern life does so well: democratizing knowledge.’
      • ‘‘People were just getting on with things and making the most of what little they had,’ she said.’
      • ‘When Veronica travels to Tanzania she is always moved by the people's ability to make the most of what little they have.’
      1. 1.1Represent at its best.
        ‘how to make the most of your features’
        • ‘Striking this seam of rock marked the beginning of a fundamental change in the way she gardened, and she decided to concentrate on making the most of what she had by planting with alpines.’
        • ‘Once you get the knack for making the most of what you've got, you will never go back to looking dilapidated again.’

Origin

Old English māst, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch meest and German meist.

Pronunciation

most

/mōst/ /moʊst/