Definition of most in English:

most

determiner & pronoun

  • 1Greatest in amount or degree.

    as determiner ‘they've had the most success’
    as pronoun ‘we had the most to lose’
    • ‘I would be of the view that managers with an open mind are the ones that have most success.’
    • ‘Economic liberalism appears to be the approach with most success in practice.’
    • ‘Players keep their tricks individually, and whoever takes the most card points loses.’
    • ‘Williams put up the most resistance like a fighter who knows he has lost but is too proud to admit it.’
    • ‘However, as science tells us, the most heat lost from the human body is out the top of the head.’
    • ‘Seven celebrities with the most votes are guaranteed a place in the Academy.’
    • ‘I gather that generally it's men who make the most fuss when they are not well, but not me.’
    • ‘The YMCA will also be giving a prize to the school which enters the most children.’
    • ‘It has the most votes and the most candidates, so it takes the most work to analyse.’
    • ‘At the end of the week these votes were being counted and the case with the most votes would win the contest.’
    • ‘Jazz studies happened to be the area that I spent the most time in, so I went for that degree.’
    • ‘At the end of the week, it is up to viewers to vote for the presenter who brought the most flair to the evening weather.’
    nearly all, almost all, the greatest number, the greatest part, the greatest quantity, the majority, the bulk, the lion's share, the mass, the preponderance
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    1. 1.1 The majority of; nearly all of.
      as determiner ‘most oranges are sweeter than these’
      as pronoun ‘I spent most of the winter on the coast’
      • ‘Like most people of my generation, I regard this as a relic of a less enlightened age.’
      • ‘It is through the mass media that most people today obtain their information on political matters.’
      • ‘The main structure of the building is in place and most fixtures have been installed.’
      • ‘The regulatory bodies cover most professionals who work in health care including nurses.’
      • ‘The biggest gaps in the evidence remain in general practice, where most patients are treated.’
      • ‘The main point most people agreed on was that businesses needed to become more efficient.’
      • ‘Tom attended most of the monthly fairs in Belmullet and most days had a few ponies for sale.’
      • ‘But most owners said the main thing holding them back was not knowing where to go for help.’
      • ‘Since most computers do not yet possess faces or bodies, they cannot manifest this behaviour.’
      • ‘Despite the risks, most experts think shares will do better than other assets.’
      • ‘The main thing that was going through my mind is that most girls miss out on all this kind of stuff.’
      • ‘Cars were far from common and farming was the main source of income for most families.’
      • ‘They issued it as a general statement to the press, which is why most papers did not touch it.’
      • ‘A good starting point would be the mother, who is the major influence for most children up to age three.’
      • ‘Firefighters said fires were started in two separate spots and spread through most of the building.’
      • ‘Because when torn down to the basic constructs, most religions share many common themes.’
      • ‘The bugs are only a few thousandths of a millimetre across and lack the cell walls which most bacteria have.’
      • ‘They will often be bossy with carers and show levels of assertion that most children generally do not.’
      • ‘It all adds weight to the old theory that most people lead lives of quiet desperation.’
      • ‘Like most economists her main worry is whether consumers can bear the strain.’
      nearly all, almost all, the greatest number, the greatest part, the greatest quantity, the majority, the bulk, the lion's share, the mass, the preponderance
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Phrases

  • at (the) most

    • Not more than.

      ‘the walk took four minutes at the most’
      • ‘Work began on Friday night, but traffic was light yesterday with delays of only a few minutes at most.’
      • ‘It doesn't happen often - twice a year at most - and usually it passes within an hour or so.’
      • ‘He was convinced that this sedative would leave the horse's system in a week, or at most a fortnight.’
      • ‘It must have been only a few seconds, a minute at the most, but it felt like an eternity.’
      • ‘The time spent on individual study varies throughout the year but is probably two to three hours a week at the most.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He felt as though he had been running for hours when it had only been a mere ten minutes at most.’
      • ‘There are, at most, six bridleways in the Baildon area, all of which require riders to use roads to get to them.’
      • ‘Once the system is re-connected it takes about two minutes at most to reach full pressure.’
      • ‘She sees her father at most twice a year now, having discovered that the only thing a family shares is its past.’
  • be the most

    • informal Be the best of all.

      • ‘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 him’
      • ‘Our feet take quite a hammering and are, for the most part, overlooked by many of us.’
      • ‘During the nine days he survived prison, the boy was for the most part completely isolated.’
      • ‘I got the impression that it had been well planned and well thought out for the most part.’
      • ‘He avoids interviews for the most part, but when he gives them he picks his words carefully.’
      • ‘The amendments that have been passed fall, for the most part, into clear categories.’
      • ‘Papa remained stoic for the most part, but sounded rather choked when he wished me goodbye.’
      • ‘It was a love-hate relationship and, for the most part, she was on the wrong end of it.’
      • ‘He is a part of the broadcasting system and believes it has treated him fairly for the most part.’
      • ‘Perhaps the fact that none of it is real and is based for the most part on fantasy shouldn't matter.’
      • ‘He had spent his life in India, for the most part as a political agent at the courts of Indian princes.’
      • ‘In consequence the autumn colours are muted, just soft dusty yellows for the most part.’
      • ‘This was a highly entertaining game, played for the most part at a fast and furious pace.’
      • ‘A lovely sunny day for the most part, though it clouded over somewhat towards the evening.’
      • ‘It was a dull job for the most part, but it paid for my tap classes, and you know how much I love to tap.’
      • ‘The twentieth century has received a dismal press and, for the most part, deservedly so.’
      • ‘In the garden the green spears of Spring bulbs, daffodils for the most part, are well through the soil.’
      • ‘It is for the most part well written and presents us with some valuable insights.’
      • ‘Most daily newspapers are available online and, for the most part, you can read them for free.’
      • ‘The tourists have, for the most part, voted with their feet and continue to stay away in droves.’
      • ‘Fruit trees - apples, pears and plums for the most part - are weighed down with a good year's crop.’
      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
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  • make the most of

    • 1Use to the best advantage.

      ‘he was eager to make the most of his visit’
      • ‘Have we endeavoured to be better people, to make the most of our lives, to be tolerant and accepting?’
      • ‘We were lucky to be drawn at home, which is a big advantage, and we made the most of it.’
      • ‘We had seized this opportunity to be alone together and decided to make the most of it.’
      • ‘When Veronica travels to Tanzania she is always moved by the people's ability to make the most of what little they have.’
      • ‘They have grasped their limited opportunities and made the most of them.’
      • ‘And her life experience to date seems that of a high-achiever making the most of the advantages afforded her.’
      • ‘In this way, then, I am making the most of what modern life does so well: democratizing knowledge.’
      • ‘To attain this end, I seized those opportunities that came my way and made the most of them.’
      • ‘‘People were just getting on with things and making the most of what little they had,’ she said.’
      • ‘They can help you make the most of your capital and advise on how to get more.’
      1. 1.1Represent at its best.
        ‘how to make the most of your features’
        • ‘Once you get the knack for making the most of what you've got, you will never go back to looking dilapidated again.’
        • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

most

/məʊst/