Main definitions of more in English

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pronoun & determiner

  • A greater or additional amount or degree.

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

  • 1Forming the comparative of adjectives and adverbs, especially those of more than one syllable.

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

    ‘in his experience females liked chocolate more than males did’
    • ‘Cologne went two goals down and had Moses Sichone sent off for foul play after little more than half an hour.’
    • ‘He also accused Labour of privatising public services more than the Tories did.’
    • ‘The music world has more than made its presence felt in the past few weeks.’
    • ‘We sat some more, listening to the jukebox which was playing some really remarkable tat.’
    • ‘Councillors were also listening more to carers, users and the public in general.’
    • ‘Perhaps the people around them should have listened more to the doubts that they did express.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Why are some social groups able to influence the political agenda more than others?’
    • ‘City more than matched the league leaders for an hour and could count themselves unlucky not to be in front.’
    • ‘Amazingly, Alan has never sat any training exams but his experience more than makes up for that.’
    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.’
      • ‘An instructor is available to deal with all grades, new members are more than welcome.’
      • ‘We'd be more than happy to come and pick them up.’
  • 3Again.

    ‘repeat once more’
    • ‘There was silence once more and after a few minutes the pair fell asleep.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She is gone, and we shall never see her more.’
  • 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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Usage

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

Phrases

  • more and more

    • At a continually increasing rate.

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

  • more or less

    • 1Speaking imprecisely; to a certain extent.

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

    • 1Nothing further.

      ‘there was no more to be said about it’
      • ‘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 just saw the article in question, on which I have no more to add.’
      • ‘After several attempts at repair, they found 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.’
      • ‘For the rest of the night, Elizabeth said no more and fell asleep in his arms.’
      • ‘She is leaving politics because she can do no more to enlighten us.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is no more to write on this matter.’
      • ‘He apologised later in the team hotel and there was no more about it.’
    • 2No further.

      ‘you must have some hot soup, but no more wine’
      • ‘The shop assistant discovered she had not been given enough money, but the offender said she had no more cash.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He went back to eating and no more conversation passed between the two, but Tobias was used to it.’
      • ‘As December passes, he has no more time for leisurely swims.’
      • ‘Therefore no more illegal parking will be tolerated on Teeling street.’
      • ‘Hopefully, I can keep that going this season and have no more problems.’
      • ‘I said, with a smile, that I'd been buying them drinks all night so had no more money.’
    • 3Exist no longer.

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

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

      ‘I had no complaints and no more did Tom’
      • ‘If he was not a joint author, then no more was he a joint 'maker', the sole maker being Dr Edwards.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

more

/mɔː/

Main definitions of more in English

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More2

(also Mooré)

noun

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

Origin

The name in More.

Pronunciation

More

/ˈmɔːri/