1 of 4


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


2 of 4


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


3 of 4


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


4 of 4


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
Recent Examples on the Web
Younger employees have also started to shake up company culture with more casual attire and communication styles, and more frankness about mental health and employer accountability. Phil Blair, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 June 2024 Many more adults got the flu shot with nearly half of the adult population getting one last season, according to the CDC, a number that was slightly higher than the year before. Jen Christensen, CNN, 10 June 2024
The former president also joked on Sunday that was more focused on getting people's votes than caring for his supporters, referencing the many supporters who left the rally early due to the sweltering heat. Marina Watts, Peoplemag, 10 June 2024 And no product is more important to Apple than the iPhone. New AI features that provide a compelling reason to upgrade when Apple rolls out the iPhone 16 in the fall could boost the company at a crucial time. Clare Duffy, CNN, 10 June 2024
Traditions of local autonomy and identity were strong in early modern France and were embedded in diverse languages, legal systems, social mores, and, in some cases, even religions. Arjun Chowdhury, Foreign Affairs, 1 July 2010 Raisi’s tenure was marked by high unemployment, a dismal economy, political repression and strict social mores. Daniel Depetris, Chicago Tribune, 21 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for more 

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Word History


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


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


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


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


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


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

Biographical Definition

More 1 of 3

biographical name (1)

Hannah 1745–1833 English religious writer


2 of 3

biographical name (2)

Henry 1614–1687 English philosopher


3 of 3

biographical name (3)

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

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