determiner & pronoun
- 2Greatest in amount or degree: [as determiner]: they’ve had the most success [as pronoun]: they had the most to loseMore example sentences
- I would be of the view that managers with an open mind are the ones that have most success.
- Seven celebrities with the most votes are guaranteed a place in the Academy.
- Economic liberalism appears to be the approach with most success in practice.
- 2.1The majority of; nearly all of: [as determiner]: most oranges are sweeter than these [as pronoun]: I spent most of the winter on the coastMore example sentences
nearly all, almost all, the greatest part/number, the majority, the bulk, the preponderance
- Tom attended most of the monthly fairs in Belmullet and most days had a few ponies for sale.
- A good starting point would be the mother, who is the major influence for most children up to age three.
- The bugs are only a few thousandths of a millimetre across and lack the cell walls which most bacteria have.
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- 1 superlative of much.
- 2To the greatest extent: the things he most enjoyed what she wanted most of allMore example sentences
- What his video game reminds me of most of all, though, is the very dawn of computing.
- I look forward most of all to arranging my library and my writing space when I move out.
- These are the things which I value most of all; blogging comes secondary to all of them.
- 2.1Forming the superlative of adjectives and adverbs, especially those of more than one syllable: the most important event of my life sandy plains where fire tends to spread most quicklyMore example sentences
- The event took place on the day of North Korea's most important national holiday.
- The most important thing to remember with respect to this film is that it is not a documentary.
- Fresh garlic contains several compounds, the most important of which is allicin.
- 3Extremely; very: it was most kind of you that is most probably correctMore example sentences
- That is now no longer a fair representation of their view, and it most certainly is not of mine.
- It most certainly was not a life-changing experience, but it did provide amusements.
- History will most certainly exact a heavy price from them for being such imbeciles.
- 4North American • informal Almost: most everyone understoodMore example sentences
- When this song came out, most everyone listened to it on the verge of laughter.
- I imagine most everyone who has gone through schooling has experienced a fairly similar situation.
- She does have a few fears, but they are unknown by most everyone because of her toughness.
at (the) most
- Not more than: the walk took four minutes at the mostMore example sentences
- Work began on Friday night, but traffic was light yesterday with delays of only a few minutes at most.
- It must have been only a few seconds, a minute at the most, but it felt like an eternity.
- I returned to my office about half an hour later for one or two minutes at most to collect some more papers, and left again.
be the most
- • informal Be the best of all; be the ultimate.More example sentences
- The six players named to the all-star team were the most of any school in the region.
for the most part
- In most cases; usually: the older members, for the most part, shun himMore example sentences
- In the garden the green spears of Spring bulbs, daffodils for the most part, are well through the soil.
- Fruit trees - apples, pears and plums for the most part - are weighed down with a good year's crop.
- He is a part of the broadcasting system and believes it has treated him fairly for the most part.
make the most of
- Use to the best advantage: he was eager to make the most of his visitMore example sentences
- And her life experience to date seems that of a high-achiever making the most of the advantages afforded her.
- We were lucky to be drawn at home, which is a big advantage, and we made the most of it.
- They can help you make the most of your capital and advise on how to get more.
- Represent at its best: how to make the most of your featuresMore example sentences
- Striking this seam of rock marked the beginning of a fundamental change in the way she gardened, and she decided to concentrate on making the most of what she had by planting with alpines.
- Once you get the knack for making the most of what you've got, you will never go back to looking dilapidated again.
Old English māst, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch meest and German meist.