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Definitions of most

  1. ( of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; ` near' is sometimes used informally for ` nearly' and ` most' is sometimes used informally for ` almost'; " the job is ( just) about done"; " the baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded"; " we're almost finished"; " the car all but ran her down"; " he nearly fainted"; " talked for nigh onto 2 hours"; " the recording is well- nigh perfect"; " virtually all the parties signed the contract"; " I was near exhausted by the run"; " most everyone agrees"
  2. ( intensifier) very; " a most welcome relief"
  3. used to form the superlative; " the king cobra is the most dangerous snake"
  4. ( superlative of ` many' used with count nouns; often preceded by ` the') quantifier meaning the greatest in number; " who has the most apples?"; " most people like eggs"; " most fishes have fins"
  5. ( superlative of ` much' used with mass nouns; usually preceded by ` the') quantifier meaning the greatest in amount or extent or degree; used with mass nouns; usually follows ` the'; " made the most money he could"; " what attracts the most attention?"; " made the most of a bad deal"
  6. the superlative of ` much' that can be used with mass nouns and is usually preceded by ` the'; a quantifier meaning the greatest in amount or extent or degree; " made the most money he could"; " what attracts the most attention?".
  7. ( superlative of ` many' used with count nouns and often preceded by ` the') quantifier meaning the greatest in number; " who has the most apples?"; " most people like eggs"; " most fishes have fins"
  8. very; " a most welcome relief"
  9. Consisting of the greatest number or quantity; greater in number or quantity than all the rest; nearly all.
  10. Greatest in degree; as, he has the most need of it.
  11. Highest in rank; greatest.
  12. In the greatest or highest degree.
  13. Superlative of more; greatest in number, quantity, or degree.
  14. The greatest number, part, quality, or value.
  15. In the highest degree.
  16. ( superl. of MORE), Greatest: excelling in number.
  17. The greatest number or quantity.
  18. MOSTLY.
  19. Greatest in number or quantity.
  20. Consisting of the greatest number, amount, or quantity; greatest.
  21. Greatest in quality, degree, amount, or number.
  22. The greatest number or amount. At the most, at the utmost extent; at furthest.
  23. Superl. degree of much; consisting of the greatest number or quantity.
  24. The greatest number, part, or quantity; the utmost value or extent- when used as a noun, the noun is usually understood.
  25. In the greatest or highest degree; for the greatest part: at most, or at the most, within the furthest limits; the utmost extent: to make the most of, to derive the greatest benefit or advantage from.
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Usage examples for most

  1. This was most strange. – The Book of One Syllable by Esther Bakewell
  2. I'm the most unfort'nit' crittur. – Frank's Campaign or the Farm and the Camp by Horatio Alger, Jr.
  3. Most of all, she could not tell him now. – The Cow Puncher by Robert J. C. Stead
  4. Most of the boys who come here know where it is. – Delilah of the Snows by Harold Bindloss
  5. I do think they are the most beautiful things! – The Dragon's Secret by Augusta Huiell Seaman
  6. Still, she thought, when the men come back, I suppose most of the women will have to go. – Mary Minds Her Business by George Weston
  7. After all, it's the water I'm most afraid of. – The Auto Boys' Mystery by James A. Braden
  8. It is most unmaidenly." – The Heather-Moon by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  9. He's the one who wants it most – Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance by Frances Cavanah
  10. This is one of the most difficult questions to answer. – The Coming of the Friars by Augustus Jessopp
  11. We know most of the story, and we can guess the rest." – The Wailing Octopus by Harold Leland Goodwin
  12. Most certainly not the Duke of Hereward. – The Lost Lady of Lone by E.D.E.N. Southworth
  13. Where do most people come from? – Aurora the Magnificent by Gertrude Hall
  14. " I did, and oh, it is the worst, the most awful thing I've done in all my life- I know it, I know it! – The Salamander by Owen Johnson
  15. And when he was making love, too; the most serious thing, Barbara, that anybody can do. – Mr. Waddington of Wyck by May Sinclair
  16. They are rare,- most rare. – Montlivet by Alice Prescott Smith
  17. And you have been most kind. – The Beggar Man by Ruby Mildred Ayres
  18. You know most people like me! – The Marriage of William Ashe by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  19. My lads, this man's done you all a bad turn, but most of all to me. – The Parson O' Dumford by George Manville Fenn
  20. The most important thing of all, father. – The Progressionists, and Angela. by Conrad von Bolanden
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