Definition of more in English:


pronoun & determiner

  • 1

    comparative of many, much
  • 2A 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’
    • ‘If only there were more than 24 hours in a day; if only you could buy yourself a bit more time.’
    • ‘We are all positive and there is a lot more of a professional attitude around the whole team.’
    • ‘What I know is that they want to increase tax on rich people to spend more on pensions.’
    • ‘The bad news is that we're going to have to dig extremely deep to buy more space.’
    • ‘How much more of this do we have to put up with?’
    • ‘Lunch or dinner for two with wine and great bread, costs no more than 30 euros.’
    • ‘So the good news for the company is that more customers are positive about the merger than before.’
    • ‘Baxter spent four more weeks writing another letter.’
    • ‘We don't want a two-tier service where the rich can pay more for better facilities.’
    • ‘Frequently magnificent, ‘Blue Eyed in the Red Room’ offers up more with every listen.’
    • ‘At least 100,000 tried to survive on no more than a bowl of soup a day, often boiled from straw.’
    • ‘But ballet was more structured and I'm more of a free spirit, so I liked skating the most.’
    • ‘Any worker forced to work more than 48 hours would be able to take their employer to a tribunal.’
    • ‘Anything to generate more trade is positive but it depends how much disruption there is.’
    • ‘The far reaches of the parking lot were no more than about fifty feet from the building.’
    • ‘Choosing your language more carefully will mean more people will listen to you.’
    • ‘The more you shout, the higher you jump, the bigger your hat, the more people listen to your music.’
    • ‘I got confirmation from him today that there were no more than 600 or 700 signatures.’
    • ‘Namibia should be able to grow and produce much more than what is currently the case.’
    • ‘Income tax is the fairest and most efficient way of paying for common services because the rich pay more.’
    additional, further, added, extra, increased, fresh, new, other, supplementary, supplemental, spare, alternative
    additional, further, added, extra, increased, fresh, new, other, supplementary, supplemental, spare, alternative
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  • 1

    comparative of much
  • 2Forming the comparative of adjectives and adverbs, especially those of more than one syllable.

    ‘for them, enthusiasm is more important than talent’
    • ‘The feel is of something nimbler and more complex, carefully presented in a charming space.’
    • ‘He managed to convey a more vivid sense of what life in the 1980s was like for aspiring artists.’
    • ‘Try to have a more positive attitude; it will make you seem more confident and therefore more attractive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I should have been listening more carefully when my old grampy was telling me what shares to buy.’
    • ‘You could simply use water, but stock makes the soup richer and more heart-warming.’
    • ‘You may find it more satisfying to listen to their early albums rather than this anthology.’
    • ‘Basically, the rich are more likely to go to university and therefore they are the ones who have to fork out.’
    • ‘Perhaps a more responsible attitude might then be shown by future generations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We often find that longer words convey subtler and more finely nuanced meanings.’
    • ‘On land, there was a rich flora in the more rainy regions to provide swamp and forest coverage.’
    • ‘Linking private with public lives makes for a richer but also a more complex picture.’
    • ‘I just find blues to be a lot more rewarding to listen to then a lot of contemporary bands.’
    • ‘Moreover, reviews are more likely to have dramatic findings if their methods are weak.’
    • ‘Moreover, their impact is often more obvious and tangible than it was in an earlier era.’
    • ‘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 tone of what he said that was far more important, far more significant, than the words he used.’
    • ‘Are girls more intelligent than boys during puberty?’
  • 3To a greater extent.

    ‘I like chicken more than turkey’
    • ‘Cologne went two goals down and had Moses Sichone sent off for foul play after little more than half an hour.’
    • ‘The music world has more than made its presence felt in the past few weeks.’
    • ‘Why are some social groups able to influence the political agenda more than others?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We sat some more, listening to the jukebox which was playing some really remarkable tat.’
    • ‘He also accused Labour of privatising public services more than the Tories did.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Perhaps the people around them should have listened more to the doubts that they did express.’
    • ‘Councillors were also listening more to carers, users and the public in general.’
    to a greater extent, further, longer, some more, better
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    1. 3.1more than Extremely (used before an adjective conveying a positive feeling or attitude)
      ‘she is more than happy to oblige’
      • ‘An instructor is available to deal with all grades, new members are more than welcome.’
      • ‘McNamara was one of several who proved a more than able deputy for an injured colleague.’
      • ‘At five o'clock the next day, I was more than ready to go home.’
      • ‘We'd be more than happy to come and pick them up.’
  • 4Again.

    ‘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.’
  • 5Moreover.

    ‘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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  • more and more

    • At a continually increasing rate.

      ‘vacancies were becoming more and more rare’
      • ‘Usually they become more and more at ease, if you start asking questions about them.’
      • ‘The prosecution service has been doing more and more with fewer and fewer resources.’
      • ‘It was growing dark, and the fire from the pit showed more and more brightly every moment.’
      • ‘In an hour at two locations he managed to finish off two jobs that had been getting more and more behind.’
      • ‘Slowly she was able to hear more and more and is now as close to having full hearing as she will ever be.’
      • ‘Things are getting more and more like the States every day and it's a very sad turn of events.’
      • ‘I was feeling more and more out of place, but it was all making me laugh to myself.’
      • ‘The police were coming around more and more and it was very unsettling for him.’
      • ‘However, it was a job he gradually grew to like more and more as the months passed by.’
      • ‘I'm getting into spirituality more and more and find it makes a lot of sense to me.’
      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’
      • ‘If mothers are to work they will have to abandon their children, more or less.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Millar confirms that everything in his career has gone more or less to plan so far.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When every nation is a democratic nation, we'll have world peace, more or less.’
      • ‘I recognised that I had reached this point some time ago but I kept it more or less to myself.’
      • ‘It took about 10 hours, the last two of which I was driving more or less in my sleep.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’
        • ‘On the first day, we covered more or less two hundred kilometres, firstly through the suburbs of Sydney, then into parkland.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘The two banks will both see their costs rise more or less in line with earnings this year.’
        • ‘This is the same group of players more or less who did well two years ago and were doing the same things.’
        • ‘We're going to be updating the site daily, more or less, and we hope to have the story done in about a month.’
        • ‘Then we went to the hotel - a little guest house more or less in the centre of Felixstowe.’
        • ‘Whichever statistics you look at, the county's schools sit more or less in the middle.’
        • ‘By looking through the job adverts, we can work out more or less what every employee in the country is paid.’
        • ‘Although the rail industry remains in crisis, trains are now running more or less to timetable.’
  • more so

    • Of the same kind to a greater degree.

      ‘the waiter found me delightful and my little sister even more so’
      • ‘Ilkley has a thriving online scene, probably more so than any town of comparable size in the country.’
      • ‘We will tackle the real problems: and none more so than the iniquitous Council Tax.’
      • ‘Technology is useful, but everyone agrees that leadership and civic vision are much more so.’
      • ‘She astonished listeners from an early age and none more so than her non - musical parents.’
      • ‘The technicalities were already fairly routine and have become more so since.’
      • ‘While the season had been a roller coaster ride the events of the last few weeks were even more so.’
      • ‘So it's always been the case that property has been the key, but it's even more so now.’
      • ‘It's nice, whenever we do get any sunshine, to sit outside, even more so when getting on in years.’
      • ‘Like most of its neighbours, or perhaps more so, France arouses mixed feelings today.’
      • ‘It's been a tragedy for my family, and even more so for the other family who lost their daughter.’
  • no more

    • 1Nothing further.

      ‘there was no more to be said about it’
      • ‘Food was ruining every aspect of my life and I would simply eat until I could eat no more.’
      • ‘He apologised later in the team hotel and there was no more 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'll say no more for fear of spoiling the fun, except that the twists don't alter the film's comic tone.’
      • ‘She is leaving politics because she can do no more to enlighten us.’
      • ‘There is no more to write on this matter.’
      • ‘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.’
    • 2No further.

      ‘you must have some 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.’
      • ‘So bravo Chile, but please no more expensive wines.’
      • ‘Therefore no more illegal parking will be tolerated on Teeling street.’
      • ‘As December passes, he has no more time for leisurely swims.’
      • ‘At least there's no more murder or illness, just a lot of love and light.’
      • ‘The boy's parents were dead and they could cause no more harm.’
      • ‘I said, with a smile, that I'd been buying them drinks all night so had no more money.’
      • ‘As far as the city council is concerned, we are trying to protect jobs in Sheffield and make sure no more jobs go.’
      • ‘Hopefully, I can keep that going this season and have no more problems.’
      • ‘He went back to eating and no more conversation passed between the two, but Tobias was used to it.’
    • 3Exist no longer.

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

      ‘mention his name no more to me’
      • ‘I once believed he was capable of an honourable peace with his enemy, but no more.’
      • ‘No more will the designer be restricted by equipment termination problems.’
      • ‘McConnell hath murdered sleep, and therefore shall sleep no more.’
      • ‘Then he thought he heard a voice say that he had killed sleep and that he would sleep no more because of his crime.’
      • ‘Father Flanagan Hall in the grounds of Summerhill College will no more echo to the sound of choirs from all over the world.’
      • ‘The parties, dances, feasts and gifts soon fell to a halt and no more did he praise her name.’
      • ‘No more would they pay for wars that yielded so few returns.’
      • ‘Fun and frolic at these tourist spots will no more be a dream for Malayalis, especially those in the middle income group.’
    • 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.’


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