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Definition of more

 (Entry 1 of 7)

1 : greater something more than she expected
2 : additional, further more guests arrived



Definition of more (Entry 2 of 7)

1a : in addition a couple of times more
b : moreover
2 : to a greater or higher degree often used with an adjective or adverb to form the comparative more evenly matched



Definition of more (Entry 3 of 7)

1 : a greater quantity, number, or amount liked the idea better the more I thought about it
2 : something additional : an additional amount
3 obsolete : persons of higher rank

Definition of more (Entry 4 of 7)

: additional persons or things or a greater amount more will arrive shortly more was spilled


biographical name (1)
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Definition of More (Entry 5 of 7)

Hannah 1745–1833 English religious writer


biographical name (2)

Definition of More (Entry 6 of 7)

Henry 1614–1687 English philosopher


biographical name (3)

Definition of More (Entry 7 of 7)

Sir Thomas 1478–1535 Saint Thomas More English statesman and author

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Examples of more in a Sentence


I felt more pain after the procedure, not less. The new engine has even more power. You like more sugar in your tea than I do. He had done more harm than he had intended. The series will have five more episodes. The company hired a few more employees. I offered him some more coffee. One more thing and then I'm leaving. Can you say that one more time?


The shot hurt more than I expected. It happens more often than it used to. The building looks more like a museum than a library. The players grew more intense as the game went on. To me, there's nothing more exciting than playing football. She more closely resembles her aunt than her mother. He struggled to find a more comfortable position. It's the same product—they've done nothing more than change the label. a couple of times more What more could you ask for?


add a little more to the mixture
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

There’s so much more to preparing your home for a new baby than picking a color palette and painting the nursery. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "6 Nursery-Decorating Mistakes To Avoid For Your Baby’s Health," 19 Dec. 2018 What’s more, celebrities are humans with emotions and struggles — and they can be affected by hate, just like the rest of us. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Pete Davidson's Instagram Post About Mental Health Is a Reminder Not to Harass Celebs Online," 17 Dec. 2018 But the 22-year-old is so much more than his sultry country sound. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'The Voice' Finalist Kirk Jay Had to Overcome a Difficult Childhood to Get Where He Is Now," 17 Dec. 2018 This year's card is much more casual than last year's holiday greeting from the family. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Spanish Royals Look Gorgeous in Their 2018 Family Christmas Card," 13 Dec. 2018 What’s more, the tourism boom of recent years has overwhelmed cities like Kyoto, leading to a backlash from locals who don’t like fuller buses or loud visitors. Alex Ward, Vox, "What I learned go-karting around Tokyo dressed as Spider-Man," 12 Dec. 2018 Human anatomy devotes more space in the skull to the brain than a chimp’s does. Brian Resnick, Vox, "What humpback whales can teach us about alien languages," 6 Dec. 2018 Addressing the nuisance issue is the easy part—just give everyone who’s not in cars a lot more space. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "How electric bikes can make cities safer," 30 Nov. 2018 Take Jennifer Pate, a geographer and filmmaker who shot the documentary for that first voyage; or Michelle Byle, a packaging designer for brands like Method who wanted to learn more about the full product life cycle to effect change in her industry. Tyler Wetherall, Condé Nast Traveler, "The All-Women Sailing Crew Trying to Save the Ocean of Plastic," 27 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The master bedroom maintains a colorful vintage vibe, this time with a more subdued palette that brings some of the outdoors in. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "An Uninspired NYC Apartment Is Revived With Color, Charisma, and Customization," 17 Jan. 2019 Even more so: My tendency to over drink went on for roughly two years. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "How Giving Up Happy Hour Saved My Sanity and My Health," 11 Jan. 2019 Clearly, everyone is deeply upset—but no one more so than Brianna, who insists that the entire family go on a road trip to save Roger. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jamie Made a Million Terrible Decisions in Tonight's Outlander," 7 Jan. 2019 Bryant announced five new processors that deliver more affordable chips within the Coffee Lake family, from the Core i3 classification up through Core i5. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel reveals its 10nm Ice Lake Core and stacked Lakefield CPUs, and 'Project Athena' for laptops," 7 Jan. 2019 Last January, Facebook changed its software algorithms to show users more posts from other people and fewer posts from publishers and brands. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook needs a ‘reset’ button for your friend list," 27 Dec. 2018 Transfer skillet to oven along with potatoes and roast until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are golden brown and tender, 6 to 8 minutes more; transfer chicken and garlic to a cutting board. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Roasted Chicken and Garlic Potatoes with Red Pepper Relish," 19 Dec. 2018 From 2009 to 2017, the number of ultra-Orthodox Jews entering the military and national service more than doubled to 3,700. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Conflict That Helped Spur Israeli Election Resounds Among Ultra-Orthodox Jews," 2 Jan. 2019 For a more in-depth look at Istanbul’s key attractions, consider hiring an English-language guide from Condé Nast Traveler travel specialist Sea Song. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At that time, the prestige of Catholicism in Ireland was virtually unquestioned, and the nation’s public mores were in line with the teachings of the church. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Sex Abuse to Cast Shadow Over Pope’s Ireland Visit," 23 Aug. 2018 The opportunity for being a guide and a source of analysis and intelligence at a time when the industry is being disrupted, not just by technology but by globalization and changing social mores. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Colin Kaepernick’s Nike ads are just one piece of a bigger ‘reckoning’ in the fashion industry," 20 Sep. 2018 The Scientific Temperance Federation eventually faded away, no match for changing mores. Stephanie Schorow,, "What should marijuana opponents do when their cause fails? A lesson from Prohibition," 23 June 2018 Others, like Huck Finn's dubious riverboat dauphin, count on the people around them to be ignorant of aristocratic mores and genealogical charts and awed by the idea of nobility. Sadie Stein, Town & Country, "Why Are Rich People So Easily Fooled?," 26 Feb. 2017 The series offers viewers a look at a tragedy that ultimately could have been prevented if not for the social mores and restrictions of the time — constraints that to a certain degree still exist today. Karen Han, Vox, "How A Very English Scandal spins sensationalism into empathy," 7 July 2018 For a while now, the fashion industry has been struck by a collective nostalgia for classically feminine fashion mores. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "How One Danish It Girl and Her Best Friends Are Restyling Her Mom’s ’90s Couture Clothes," 1 Oct. 2018 Weed etiquette and mores will evolve as the novelty wears off. Robin Abrahams,, "Miss Conduct’s common sense rules for socializing in the age of legal pot," 19 June 2018 The thorniness of this entanglement between money and mores explains the recent flailing by Spotify around small anti-abuse reforms. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Went Wrong With Spotify’s ‘Hateful Conduct’ Policy?," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of more


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for more

Adjective, Adverb, Noun, and Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

Middle English, from Old English māra; akin to Old English , adverb, more, Old High German mēr, Old Irish more

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English Language Learners Definition of more

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: greater in amount, number, or size

: extra or additional



English Language Learners Definition of more (Entry 2 of 2)

: to a greater degree or extent

: more often or for a longer period of time

: in addition


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Kids Definition of more

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : greater in amount, number, or size You like more sugar in your tea than I do.
2 : extra entry 1, additional I need more time.



Kids Definition of more (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : in addition Wait one day more.
2 : to a greater extent
Hint: More is often used with an adjective or adverb to form the comparative.
more active more actively



Kids Definition of more (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a greater amount or number I got more than I expected.
2 : an additional amount He was too full to eat any more.

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