Main definitions of more in English

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determiner & pronoun

  • A greater or additional amount or degree.

    as determiner ‘I poured myself more coffee’
    as pronoun ‘tell me more’
    ‘they proved more of a hindrance than a help’
    • ‘We don't want a two-tier service where the rich can pay more for better facilities.’
    • ‘How much more of this do we have to put up with?’
    • ‘The more you shout, the higher you jump, the bigger your hat, the more people listen to your music.’
    • ‘Choosing your language more carefully will mean more people will listen to you.’
    • ‘But ballet was more structured and I'm more of a free spirit, so I liked skating the most.’
    • ‘So the good news for the company is that more customers are positive about the merger than before.’
    • ‘The bad news is that we're going to have to dig extremely deep to buy more space.’
    • ‘The far reaches of the parking lot were no more than about fifty feet from the building.’
    • ‘Income tax is the fairest and most efficient way of paying for common services because the rich pay more.’
    • ‘Lunch or dinner for two with wine and great bread, costs no more than 30 euros.’
    • ‘What I know is that they want to increase tax on rich people to spend more on pensions.’
    • ‘Any worker forced to work more than 48 hours would be able to take their employer to a tribunal.’
    • ‘Baxter spent four more weeks writing another letter.’
    • ‘Anything to generate more trade is positive but it depends how much disruption there is.’
    • ‘We are all positive and there is a lot more of a professional attitude around the whole team.’
    • ‘At least 100,000 tried to survive on no more than a bowl of soup a day, often boiled from straw.’
    • ‘Frequently magnificent, ‘Blue Eyed in the Red Room’ offers up more with every listen.’
    • ‘Namibia should be able to grow and produce much more than what is currently the case.’
    • ‘I got confirmation from him today that there were no more than 600 or 700 signatures.’
    • ‘If only there were more than 24 hours in a day; if only you could buy yourself a bit more time.’
    additional, further, added, extra, increased, fresh, new, other, supplementary, supplemental, spare, alternative
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  • 1Forming the comparative of adjectives and adverbs, especially those of more than one syllable.

    ‘for them enthusiasm is more important than talent’
    • ‘He managed to convey a more vivid sense of what life in the 1980s was like for aspiring artists.’
    • ‘Think how much more important education is for our children then it was for us.’
    • ‘The feel is of something nimbler and more complex, carefully presented in a charming space.’
    • ‘Moreover, their impact is often more obvious and tangible than it was in an earlier era.’
    • ‘I should have been listening more carefully when my old grampy was telling me what shares to buy.’
    • ‘The tone of what he said that was far more important, far more significant, than the words he used.’
    • ‘Basically, the rich are more likely to go to university and therefore they are the ones who have to fork out.’
    • ‘On a slightly more positive note, at least I managed to get most of my Christmas shopping done.’
    • ‘You may find it more satisfying to listen to their early albums rather than this anthology.’
    • ‘I just find blues to be a lot more rewarding to listen to then a lot of contemporary bands.’
    • ‘Linking private with public lives makes for a richer but also a more complex picture.’
    • ‘We often find that longer words convey subtler and more finely nuanced meanings.’
    • ‘Are girls more intelligent than boys during puberty?’
    • ‘They happily collaborate with the elite in the richer and more powerful states.’
    • ‘Moreover, reviews are more likely to have dramatic findings if their methods are weak.’
    • ‘You might open the discussion by saying that you have unusually acute hearing, and you'd appreciate it if they made an effort to speak more softly.’
    • ‘You could simply use water, but stock makes the soup richer and more heart-warming.’
    • ‘Saleem said music helped young people to be more aware of important issues.’
    • ‘Perhaps a more responsible attitude might then be shown by future generations.’
    • ‘On land, there was a rich flora in the more rainy regions to provide swamp and forest coverage.’
    • ‘Try to have a more positive attitude; it will make you seem more confident and therefore more attractive.’
  • 2To a greater extent.

    ‘I like chicken more than turkey’
    • ‘Amazingly, Alan has never sat any training exams but his experience more than makes up for that.’
    • ‘City more than matched the league leaders for an hour and could count themselves unlucky not to be in front.’
    • ‘Lee plans to step away from the management of the company, leaving it in the hands of Harris, so he can focus more on his art.’
    • ‘The music world has more than made its presence felt in the past few weeks.’
    • ‘He also accused Labour of privatising public services more than the Tories did.’
    • ‘Perhaps the people around them should have listened more to the doubts that they did express.’
    • ‘Cologne went two goals down and had Moses Sichone sent off for foul play after little more than half an hour.’
    • ‘Councillors were also listening more to carers, users and the public in general.’
    • ‘We sat some more, listening to the jukebox which was playing some really remarkable tat.’
    • ‘Why are some social groups able to influence the political agenda more than others?’
    to a greater extent, further, longer, some more, better
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    1. 2.1more than Extremely (used before an adjective conveying a positive feeling or attitude)
      ‘she is more than happy to oblige’
      • ‘At five o'clock the next day, I was more than ready to go home.’
      • ‘McNamara was one of several who proved a more than able deputy for an injured colleague.’
      • ‘We'd be more than happy to come and pick them up.’
      • ‘An instructor is available to deal with all grades, new members are more than welcome.’
  • 3Again.

    ‘repeat once more’
    • ‘She is gone, and we shall never see her more.’
    • ‘Shaking my head, I looked out of the window once more.’
    • ‘Yet here he is once more, looking as ferociously hard as ever albeit with a few more teeth.’
    • ‘There was silence once more and after a few minutes the pair fell asleep.’
  • 4Moreover.

    ‘he was rich, and more, he was handsome’
    • ‘More, too often, both Strauss and librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal seem to be coasting on automatic pilot.’
    moreover, furthermore, besides, what's more, in addition, also, as well, too, to boot, additionally, on top of that, over and above that, into the bargain
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It is incorrect to use more with an adjective that is already in a comparative form (more hungrier, more better); the correct usage is simply hungrier (or more hungry) or better


  • more and more

    • At a continually increasing rate.

      ‘vacancies were becoming more and more rare’
      • ‘I was feeling more and more out of place, but it was all making me laugh to myself.’
      • ‘However, it was a job he gradually grew to like more and more as the months passed by.’
      • ‘In an hour at two locations he managed to finish off two jobs that had been getting more and more behind.’
      • ‘The police were coming around more and more and it was very unsettling for him.’
      • ‘Slowly she was able to hear more and more and is now as close to having full hearing as she will ever be.’
      • ‘Usually they become more and more at ease, if you start asking questions about them.’
      • ‘It was growing dark, and the fire from the pit showed more and more brightly every moment.’
      • ‘Things are getting more and more like the States every day and it's a very sad turn of events.’
      • ‘I'm getting into spirituality more and more and find it makes a lot of sense to me.’
      • ‘The prosecution service has been doing more and more with fewer and fewer resources.’
      more and more, progressively, to an increasing extent, steadily more, continuously more, gradually more, growingly
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  • more or less

    • 1Speaking imprecisely; to a certain extent.

      ‘they are more or less a waste of time’
      • ‘When every nation is a democratic nation, we'll have world peace, more or less.’
      • ‘We know more or less how the facts were gathered and how the book was compiled.’
      • ‘Millar confirms that everything in his career has gone more or less to plan so far.’
      • ‘Tonight, the pain in my ribs is receding, and I can draw a deep breath more or less without pain.’
      • ‘It took about 10 hours, the last two of which I was driving more or less in my sleep.’
      • ‘If mothers are to work they will have to abandon their children, more or less.’
      • ‘I've been more or less absent from these pages for a couple of months now, as some have noticed.’
      • ‘Tourists have appreciated the beauties of this part of the world more or less since tourism began.’
      • ‘I've spent most of the morning in the park nursing a migraine, but I'm ok now, more or less.’
      • ‘He is more or less of good character, is extremely ashamed and nervous about what is going to happen to him.’
      • ‘I did sleep more or less properly last night for the first time, but I am still shattered.’
      • ‘I recognised that I had reached this point some time ago but I kept it more or less to myself.’
      approximately, roughly, nearly, almost, close to, about, of the order of, in the region of, give or take a few
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      1. 1.1Approximately.
        ‘more or less symmetrical’
        • ‘Although the rail industry remains in crisis, trains are now running more or less to timetable.’
        • ‘Whichever statistics you look at, the county's schools sit more or less in the middle.’
        • ‘We're going to be updating the site daily, more or less, and we hope to have the story done in about a month.’
        • ‘On the first day, we covered more or less two hundred kilometres, firstly through the suburbs of Sydney, then into parkland.’
        • ‘The two banks will both see their costs rise more or less in line with earnings this year.’
        • ‘By looking through the job adverts, we can work out more or less what every employee in the country is paid.’
        • ‘This is the same group of players more or less who did well two years ago and were doing the same things.’
        • ‘Spring barley area is marginally down and oats are more or less at the same level as a year earlier.’
        • ‘It took more or less 3 hours driving time to take Gordon up to this place near Birmingham.’
        • ‘Then we went to the hotel - a little guest house more or less in the centre of Felixstowe.’
  • no more

    • 1Nothing further.

      ‘there was no more to be said about it’
      • ‘I just saw the article in question, on which I have no more to add.’
      • ‘There is no more to write on this matter.’
      • ‘He apologised later in the team hotel and there was no more about it.’
      • ‘Albright's death shocked many of us, not only with the surprise of it but with the realization that we'd hear no more from him as a composer.’
      • ‘Guy began his battle with cancer five years ago and only 12 days before he died he was told there was no more that could be done.’
      • ‘I'll say no more for fear of spoiling the fun, except that the twists don't alter the film's comic tone.’
      • ‘Food was ruining every aspect of my life and I would simply eat until I could eat no more.’
      • ‘She is leaving politics because she can do no more to enlighten us.’
      • ‘For the rest of the night, Elizabeth said no more and fell asleep in his arms.’
      • ‘After several attempts at repair, they found there was no more that could be done.’
    • 2No further.

      ‘you must have some hot soup, but no more wine’
      • ‘Therefore no more illegal parking will be tolerated on Teeling street.’
      • ‘The shop assistant discovered she had not been given enough money, but the offender said she had no more cash.’
      • ‘I said, with a smile, that I'd been buying them drinks all night so had no more money.’
      • ‘He went back to eating and no more conversation passed between the two, but Tobias was used to it.’
      • ‘So bravo Chile, but please no more expensive wines.’
      • ‘At least there's no more murder or illness, just a lot of love and light.’
      • ‘Hopefully, I can keep that going this season and have no more problems.’
      • ‘As December passes, he has no more time for leisurely swims.’
      • ‘The boy's parents were dead and they could cause no more harm.’
      • ‘As far as the city council is concerned, we are trying to protect jobs in Sheffield and make sure no more jobs go.’
    • 3Exist no longer.

      ‘the patch of ground was overgrown and the hut was no more’
      • ‘Farming was once common, but it is no more, and the gardens are a thing of the past.’
      • ‘It took a long time for it to sink in that the buildings were no more.’
      • ‘The once proud fell farmer is no more - his culture has long been under threat with collapse of prices.’
      • ‘Skye's unbeaten home record, which was based on their performances in division one, is no more.’
      • ‘Compton added that the booming business scene that once existed on the island was no more.’
      • ‘The farmers he had served so well were no more for they, too, had faded away through changing times.’
      • ‘We'd originally drawn your attention to the gig in our feature last week but, alas, the event is no more.’
      • ‘By the time he came back to office as Northern Ireland Secretary, the world he was used to was no more.’
      • ‘Until a week ago, it looked as if the highly successful Swindon Jazz Festival was no more.’
      • ‘There is a feeling that the Britain we have known has passed its sell-by date and may soon be no more.’
    • 4Never again.

      ‘mention his name no more to me’
      • ‘No more would they pay for wars that yielded so few returns.’
      • ‘Then he thought he heard a voice say that he had killed sleep and that he would sleep no more because of his crime.’
      • ‘McConnell hath murdered sleep, and therefore shall sleep no more.’
      • ‘No more will the designer be restricted by equipment termination problems.’
      • ‘Fun and frolic at these tourist spots will no more be a dream for Malayalis, especially those in the middle income group.’
      • ‘The parties, dances, feasts and gifts soon fell to a halt and no more did he praise her name.’
      • ‘I once believed he was capable of an honourable peace with his enemy, but no more.’
      • ‘Father Flanagan Hall in the grounds of Summerhill College will no more echo to the sound of choirs from all over the world.’
    • 5Neither.

      ‘I had no complaints and no more did Tom’
      • ‘The law could not create itself, but no more did he create it; it existed independent of his will, waiting for the light of reason to reveal.’
      • ‘If he was not a joint author, then no more was he a joint 'maker', the sole maker being Dr Edwards.’


Old English māra, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch meer and German mehr.




Main definitions of more in English

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(also Mooré)


mass noun
  • The language of the Mossi people of Burkina Faso, a member of the Gur family of languages with about 4 million speakers.


The name in More.