most


1most

adjective \ˈmōst\

: almost all : the majority of

: greatest in amount or degree

Full Definition of MOST

1
:  greatest in quantity, extent, or degree <the most ability>
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 ̄st; akin to Old High German meist most, Old English māra more — more at more
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with MOST

2most

adverb

Definition of MOST

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
:  to a very great degree <was most persuasive>

First Known Use of MOST

before 12th century

3most

noun

Definition of MOST

:  the greatest amount <it's the most I can do>
at most or at the most
:  as an extreme limit <took him an hour at most>

Examples of MOST

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

First Known Use of MOST

12th century

Related to MOST

4most

pronoun, singular or plural in construction

Definition of MOST

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

First Known Use of MOST

13th century

5most

adverb

Definition of MOST

:  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

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