Definition of most in English:

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most

Pronunciation: /məʊst/

determiner& pronoun

1Greatest in amount or degree: [as determiner]: they’ve had the most success [as pronoun]: she had the most to lose
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  • 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.
1.1The majority of; nearly all of: [as determiner]: the two-pin sockets found in most European countries [as pronoun]: I spent most of the winter on the coast
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  • 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.

adverb

1Forming the superlative of adjectives and adverbs, especially those of more than one syllable: the most important event of my life he was the most ambitious of all
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  • 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.
2To the greatest extent: the things he most enjoyed what she wanted most of all
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  • 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.
3Extremely; very: it was most kind of you that is most probably correct
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  • 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 understood
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  • 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.

Phrases

1

at (the) most

Not more than: the walk took four minutes at the most
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  • 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.
2

be the most

informal Be the best of all.
Example sentences
  • The six players named to the all-star team were the most of any school in the region.
3

for the most part

In most cases; usually: the older members, for the most part, shun him
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  • 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.
Synonyms
mostly, mainly, in the main, on the whole, largely, by and large, to a large extent, to a great degree, predominantly, chiefly, principally, basically, substantially, overall, in general, effectively, to all intents and purposes, especially, primarily, generally, usually, typically, commonly, as a rule, altogether, all in all, on balance, on average
4

make the most of

Use to the best advantage: he was eager to make the most of his visit
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  • 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.
4.1Represent at its best: how to make the most of your features
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  • 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.

Origin

Old English māst, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch meest and German meist.

Words that rhyme with most

boast, coast, ghost, host, oast, post, roast, toast

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