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English definition of “most”

most

determiner, pronoun, adverb     /məʊst/ US  /moʊst/
A2 the biggest number or amount of; more than anything or anyone else : What's the most you've ever won at cards ? Which of you earns the most money ? He wanted to do the most good he could with the £200, so he gave it to charity . The kids loved the fair , but they enjoyed the bumper cars most of all.Maximum and minimum A2 used to form the superlative of many adjectives and adverbs : Joanne is the most intelligent person I know . The department needs three more computers in order to work most effectively (= to work as effectively as possible ).Large in number or quantity A2 almost all: I don't eat meat , but I like most types of fish . In this school , most of the children are from the Chinese community .Large in number or quantity formal very: It was a most beautiful morning .Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions mainly US informal almost : You'll find her in the bar most every evening about six o'clock.AlmostMerely and barely at (the) most used when saying what is the largest possible amount or number : At most, the work will take a week . It should cost around $20, or $30 at the most. make the most of sth B2 to take full advantage of something because it may not last long : It's a glorious day - we must make the most of it.Advantage and disadvantage Grammar:Most, the most, mostlyGrammar:MostWe use the quantifier most to talk about quantities, amounts and degree. We can use it with a noun (as a determiner) or without a noun (as a pronoun). We can also use it with adjectives and adverbs to form the superlative.Grammar:The mostThe most is the superlative form of many, much. We use the most with different classes of words.Grammar:MostlyMostly is an adverb that means ‘mainly’:
(Definition of most determinerpronounadverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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