most

adjective
\ ˈmōst How to pronounce most (audio) \

Definition of most

 (Entry 1 of 6)

1 : greatest in quantity, extent, or degree the most ability
2 : the majority of most people

most

adverb (1)

Definition of most (Entry 2 of 6)

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

most

noun

Definition of most (Entry 3 of 6)

: 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

Definition of most (Entry 4 of 6)

: the greatest number or part most become discouraged and quit

most

adverb (2)

Definition of most (Entry 5 of 6)

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

Definition of -most (Entry 6 of 6)

: most innermost : most toward headmost

Synonyms & Antonyms for most

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

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Adverb (2)

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.

Examples of most in a Sentence

Adjective Choosing a color took the most time. That family owned the most land. Unfortunately the negative aspects of our schools get the most attention. Noun this room will accommodate 50 people at the most

First Known Use of most

Adjective

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

Adverb (1)

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

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined above

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb (2)

circa 1538, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for most

Adjective, Adverb (1), Noun, and Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

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

Adverb (2)

by shortening

Adjective suffix

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

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Time Traveler for most

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The first known use of most was before the 12th century

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“Most.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/most. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for most

most

adjective
\ ˈmōst How to pronounce most (audio) \

Kids Definition of most

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the majority of : almost all Most people believe this.
2 : greatest in amount or extent The youngest of the group had the most courage.

most

adverb

Kids Definition of most (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to the greatest or highest level or extent
Hint: Most is often used with an adjective or adverb to form the superlative. most active most actively
2 : very entry 1 sense 1 He is a most careful driver.

most

noun

Kids Definition of most (Entry 3 of 3)

: the greatest amount, number, or part The most I can give you is five dollars.

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