most Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “most” in the English Dictionary

"most" in British English

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mostdeterminer, pronoun, adverb

uk   /məʊst/  us   /moʊst/
A2 the ​biggestnumber or ​amount of; more than anything or anyone ​else: What's the most you've ​everwon at ​poker? Which of you ​earns the most ​money? He ​wanted to do the most good he could with the $2,000, so he gave it to ​charity. The ​kidsloved the ​fair, but they ​enjoyed the ​bumpercars most of all.A2 used to ​form the superlative of many ​adjectives and ​adverbs: Joanne is the most ​intelligentperson I ​know. The ​departmentneeds three more ​computers in ​order to ​work most ​effectively (= to ​work as ​effectively as ​possible).A2 almost all: I don't ​eatmeat, but I like most ​types of ​fish. In this ​school, most of the ​children are from the ​Chinesecommunity. formal very: It was a most ​beautifulmorning. mainly US informal almost: You'll ​find her in the ​bar most everyevening about six o' (the) most used when saying what is the ​largestpossibleamount 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 ​fulladvantage of something because it may not last ​long: It's a ​beautifulday - we should make the most of it.
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uk   /-məʊst/  us   /-moʊst/
used to ​mean '​furthest': Dunnet Head is the ​northernmostpart of the British ​mainland (= the ​part that is ​farther to the ​north than any other ​part).
(Definition of most from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"most" in American English

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mostadjective, adverb

 us   /moʊst/
the ​biggestnumber or ​amount (of), or more than anything or anyone ​else; superlative ofmany or much: Which of you ​earns the most ​money? The ​kidsloved the ​circus, and most of all the ​clowns. Most is used to ​form the ​superlative of many ​adjectives and ​adverbs: Joanne is the most ​intelligentperson I ​know. Most also ​meansalmost all: I like most ​vegetables. Most also ​means very: He ​argued his ​case most persuasively.
pronoun  us   /moʊst/
Most of the ​players are coming on the next ​bus.
(Definition of most from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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