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"most" in British English

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mostdeterminer, pronoun, adverb

uk   /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 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 kids loved the fair, but they enjoyed the bumper cars most of all.
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).
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.
formal very: It was a most beautiful morning.
mainly US informal almost: You'll find her in the bar most every evening about six o'clock.
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 beautiful day - we should make the most of it.

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-mostsuffix

uk   / -məʊst/  us   / -moʊst/
(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 biggest number or amount (of), or more than anything or anyone else; superlative ofmany or much: Which of you earns the most money? The kids loved the circus, and most of all the clowns.
Most is used to form the superlative of many adjectives and adverbs: Joanne is the most intelligent person I know.
Most also means almost all: I like most vegetables.
Most also means very: He argued his case most persuasively.
most
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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