Definition of most in English:

most

pronoun & determiner

  • 1Greatest in amount or degree.

    as determiner ‘they've had the most success’
    as pronoun ‘we had the most to lose’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jazz studies happened to be the area that I spent the most time in, so I went for that degree.’
    • ‘Williams put up the most resistance like a fighter who knows he has lost but is too proud to admit it.’
    • ‘At the end of the week these votes were being counted and the case with the most votes would win the contest.’
    • ‘I gather that generally it's men who make the most fuss when they are not well, but not me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Players keep their tricks individually, and whoever takes the most card points loses.’
    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’
      • ‘A good starting point would be the mother, who is the major influence for most children up to age three.’
      • ‘They issued it as a general statement to the press, which is why most papers did not touch it.’
      • ‘Since most computers do not yet possess faces or bodies, they cannot manifest this behaviour.’
      • ‘The regulatory bodies cover most professionals who work in health care including nurses.’
      • ‘Firefighters said fires were started in two separate spots and spread through most of the building.’
      • ‘They will often be bossy with carers and show levels of assertion that most children generally do not.’
      • ‘Like most people of my generation, I regard this as a relic of a less enlightened age.’
      • ‘Because when torn down to the basic constructs, most religions share many common themes.’
      • ‘The main thing that was going through my mind is that most girls miss out on all this kind of stuff.’
      • ‘Like most economists her main worry is whether consumers can bear the strain.’
      • ‘Despite the risks, most experts think shares will do better than other assets.’
      • ‘Tom attended most of the monthly fairs in Belmullet and most days had a few ponies for sale.’
      • ‘The bugs are only a few thousandths of a millimetre across and lack the cell walls which most bacteria have.’
      • ‘It is through the mass media that most people today obtain their information on political matters.’
      • ‘It all adds weight to the old theory that most people lead lives of quiet desperation.’
      • ‘The biggest gaps in the evidence remain in general practice, where most patients are treated.’
      • ‘But most owners said the main thing holding them back was not knowing where to go for help.’
      • ‘The main structure of the building is in place and most fixtures have been installed.’
      • ‘The main point most people agreed on was that businesses needed to become more efficient.’
      • ‘Cars were far from common and farming was the main source of income for most families.’
      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’
      • ‘The time spent on individual study varies throughout the year but is probably two to three hours a week at the most.’
      • ‘He was convinced that this sedative would leave the horse's system in a week, or at most a fortnight.’
      • ‘She sees her father at most twice a year now, having discovered that the only thing a family shares is its past.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Work began on Friday night, but traffic was light yesterday with delays of only a few minutes at most.’
      • ‘He felt as though he had been running for hours when it had only been a mere ten minutes at most.’
      • ‘It doesn't happen often - twice a year at most - and usually it passes within an hour or so.’
      • ‘It must have been only a few seconds, a minute at the most, but it felt like an eternity.’
  • 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’
      • ‘A lovely sunny day for the most part, though it clouded over somewhat towards the evening.’
      • ‘He is a part of the broadcasting system and believes it has treated him fairly for the most part.’
      • ‘It is for the most part well written and presents us with some valuable insights.’
      • ‘During the nine days he survived prison, the boy was for the most part completely isolated.’
      • ‘This was a highly entertaining game, played for the most part at a fast and furious pace.’
      • ‘He avoids interviews for the most part, but when he gives them he picks his words carefully.’
      • ‘The tourists have, for the most part, voted with their feet and continue to stay away in droves.’
      • ‘I got the impression that it had been well planned and well thought out for the most part.’
      • ‘In consequence the autumn colours are muted, just soft dusty yellows for the most part.’
      • ‘He had spent his life in India, for the most part as a political agent at the courts of Indian princes.’
      • ‘The amendments that have been passed fall, for the most part, into clear categories.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Most daily newspapers are available online and, for the most part, you can read them for free.’
      • ‘Our feet take quite a hammering and are, for the most part, overlooked by many of us.’
      • ‘Perhaps the fact that none of it is real and is based for the most part on fantasy shouldn't matter.’
      • ‘The twentieth century has received a dismal press and, for the most part, deservedly so.’
      • ‘Fruit trees - apples, pears and plums for the most part - are weighed down with a good year's crop.’
      • ‘In the garden the green spears of Spring bulbs, daffodils for the most part, are well through the soil.’
      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’
      • ‘When Veronica travels to Tanzania she is always moved by the people's ability to make the most of what little they have.’
      • ‘To attain this end, I seized those opportunities that came my way 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.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘Have we endeavoured to be better people, to make the most of our lives, to be tolerant and accepting?’
      • ‘We had seized this opportunity to be alone together and decided to make the most of it.’
      • ‘In this way, then, I am making the most of what modern life does so well: democratizing knowledge.’
      • ‘We were lucky to be drawn at home, which is a big advantage, and we made the most of it.’
      • ‘They have grasped their limited opportunities and made the most of them.’
      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/