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adjective \ˈmōst\

Simple Definition of most

  • : almost all : the majority of

  • : greatest in amount or degree

Full Definition of most

  1. 1 :  greatest in quantity, extent, or degree <the most ability>

  2. 2 :  the majority of <most people>

Examples of most

  1. Choosing a color took the most time.

  2. That family owned the most land.

  3. Unfortunately the negative aspects of our schools get the most attention.



Origin of most

Middle English, from Old English mǣst; akin to Old High German meist most, Old English māra more — more at more


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with most


2

most

adverb

Definition of most

  1. 1 :  to the greatest or highest degree —often used with an adjective or adverb to form the superlative <the most challenging job he ever had>

  2. 2 :  to a very great degree <was most persuasive>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of most

before 12th century


3

most

noun

Definition of most

  1. :  the greatest amount <it's the most I can do>

at most or at the most
  1. :  as an extreme limit <took him an hour at most>



Examples of most

  1. <this room will accommodate 50 people at the most>



12th Century

First Known Use of most

12th century


4

most

pronoun, singular or plural in construction

Definition of most

  1. :  the greatest number or part <most become discouraged and quit>



13th Century

First Known Use of most

13th century


5

most

adverb

Definition of most

  1. :  almost <we'll be crossing the river most any time now — Hamilton Basso>



Usage Discussion of most

Although considered by some to be unacceptable in all cases, most is often used to mean “almost” in both spoken and, to a lesser extent, written English to modify the adjectives all, every, and any; the pronouns all, everyone, everything, everybody, anyone, anything, and anybody; and the adverbs everywhere, anywhere, and always. Other uses of this sense of most are dialectal.

Origin of most

by shortening


First Known Use: circa 1538


-most

adjective suffix

Simple Definition of -most

  • : in or to the greatest degree

Full Definition of -most

  1. :  most <innermost> :  most toward <headmost>

Origin of -most

Middle English, alteration of -mest (as in formest foremost)




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