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English definition of “most”

most

determiner, 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 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
(Definition of most determiner, pronoun, adverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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