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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 $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 glorious day - we must make the most of it.
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