more

1 of 4

adjective

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

more

2 of 4

adverb

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

more

3 of 4

noun

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

more

4 of 4

pronoun

singular or plural in construction
: additional persons or things or a greater amount
more will arrive shortly
more was spilled

Examples of more in a Sentence

Adjective 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? Adverb 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? Noun add a little more to the mixture See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Super Bowl champs get a major weapon at wide receiver NFL STATS CENTRAL: The latest NFL scores, schedules, odds, stats and more. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 Premium access to exclusive events, thought-provoking conversations with global leaders and more, all available on-demand. Kelly Phillips Erb, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 In addition to getting more buy-in from stakeholders and their staff, this will make their ESG (environmental, social and governance) programs more relatable and possibly garner more attention from investors. Melissa Jun Rowley, Rolling Stone, 22 Feb. 2024 For Austerlitz’s icy battle, ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) dropped in ice pieces and more smoke for the frozen lake attack. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 22 Feb. 2024 Healy, guitarist Adam Hann, bassist Ross MacDonald and drummer George Daniel will continue performing through Europe for the next month – with dates planned in Portugal, France, Germany, Italy and more – before closing out the Still at Their Very Best trek March 24 with a concert in Amsterdam. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 22 Feb. 2024 By the end of the 19th century, America’s wealthy elite, particularly those in the cold and snowy Midwest and Northeast regions of the country who sought summer residences in more temperate locales, had discovered the near-perfect climate and stunning geography of Montecito. Mark David, Robb Report, 22 Feb. 2024 Forecasts show that more storms building over the Pacific Ocean could bring more wet weather to California in the coming weeks and give the snowpack an additional boost. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2024 Advice columnist Carolyn Hax takes your comments and questions most Fridays about life, family, relationships and more. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024
Adverb
For overmatched and often isolated older people – especially those worn down by long-standing court battles that require meticulous attention to complicated documents and complex laws – the stress is often more intense, eviction experts said. Ethan Ward, USA TODAY, 24 Feb. 2024 The filmmaker chose locations with the VFX in mind, knowing that anchoring shots in reality would give the film a more tactile quality. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Feb. 2024 The purpose of these bots is to make their messages seem more authentic and influential. Elijah Clark, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 Second, for women who choose home births, arrangements could be made that allow for more seamless transfer to hospitals if something goes wrong, and without fear that staff there would criticize the mother and the midwife for trying a home birth. Elizabeth Cohen, STAT, 23 Feb. 2024 If many more commercial real estate buildings default, that's when Hoosiers may need to worry about their own finances, Coers said. Binghui Huang, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Feb. 2024 Feather Feather pillows are more affordable than their down counterparts because feathers are more abundant than down and can be derived from more species of birds. Brianna Kamienski, The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2024 Common zoning codes include residential, commercial, industrial, institutional or mixed-use, which is more commons in big cities and downtown areas. Claire Thornton, The Enquirer, 23 Feb. 2024 When traveling at a more leisurely speed of 12 to 15 knots, the range is doubled, though. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 23 Feb. 2024
Noun
Within the nature of modesty itself, there lies a timeless assertion of human dignity despite the constant change in fashion, occasion, and social mores. Kayla Bartsch, National Review, 10 Jan. 2024 Lean blended guilt and innocence with the relativity of social mores, and the spiritual excitement was blazing. Armond White, National Review, 31 Jan. 2024 Novak’s other works approach the world with the same quizzical stance toward traditional mores. Ashley Fetters Maloy, Washington Post, 22 Jan. 2024 That came at a cost, namely a continual battle between Tom Smothers and network censors who objected to making fun of societal mores. Fred A. Bernstein, Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2023 If women and beauty were Balanchine’s main subjects, and English mores were Ashton’s, then ballet, and ballet history, are Ratmansky’s. Alice Robb, The New Republic, 16 Oct. 2023 In these new works, history collides with stories of characters — real and imagined — who struggle with the mores and culture of their times. Carol Memmott, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2023 And while similarly sharp observers of contemporary mores, from Mike White to Todd Field, have had career renaissances in recent years, Solondz has not. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 3 Oct. 2023 His enemies in the legal system do not explain their defense of conservative social mores. Alex Traub, New York Times, 27 July 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective, Adverb, Noun, and Pronoun

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

First Known Use

Adjective

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

Adverb

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

Noun

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

Pronoun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of more was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“More.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/more. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

more

1 of 3 adjective
ˈmō(ə)r How to pronounce more (audio)
ˈmȯ(ə)r
1
: greater in amount, number, or size
felt more pain
2
: extra entry 1, additional
bought more apples

more

2 of 3 adverb
1
: in addition
wait one day more
2
: to a greater or higher extent
often used with an adjective or adverb to form the comparative
more active
more actively

more

3 of 3 noun
1
: a greater amount or number
got more than we expected
the more I thought about it
2
: an additional amount or number
the more the merrier

Biographical Definition

More 1 of 3

biographical name (1)

Hannah 1745–1833 English religious writer

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2 of 3

biographical name (2)

Henry 1614–1687 English philosopher

More

3 of 3

biographical name (3)

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

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