from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Greatest in number: won the most votes.
- adj. Greatest in amount, extent, or degree: has the most compassion.
- adj. In the greatest number of instances: Most fish have fins.
- n. The greatest amount or degree: She has the most to gain.
- n. Slang The greatest, best, or most exciting. Used with the: That party was the most!
- pro. The greatest part or number: Most of the town was destroyed. Most of the books were missing.
- adv. In or to the highest degree or extent. Used with many adjectives and adverbs to form the superlative degree: most honest; most impatiently.
- adv. Very: a most impressive piece of writing.
- adv. Informal Almost: Most everyone agrees.
- idiom at (the) most At the maximum: We saw him for ten minutes at the most. She ran two miles at most.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- Superlative form of much.
- adv. Superlative form of many.
- adv. Superlative form of much.
- adv. Forms the superlative of many adjectives.
- adv. To a great extent or degree; highly; very.
- n. The greatest amount.
- n. A record-setting amount.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Consisting of the greatest number or quantity; greater in number or quantity than all the rest; nearly all.
- Greatest in degree.
- Highest in rank; greatest.
- adv. In the greatest or highest degree.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Greatest in size or extent; largest: superlative of much or mickle in its original sense ‘great,’ ‘large.’
- Greatest in age; oldest.
- Greatest in rank, position, or importance; highest; chief.
- Greatest in amount, degree, or intensity: superlative of much.
- Greatest in number; numerous beyond others; amounting to a considerable majority: superlative of many: used before nouns in the plural.
- n. The greatest or greater number: in this sense plural.
- n. Greatest value, amount, or advantage; utmost extent, degree, or effect.
- In the greatest or highest or in a very great or high degree, quantity, or extent; mostly; chiefly; principally.
- Used before adjectives and adverbs to form a superlative phrase, as more is to form a comparative: as, most vile; most wicked; most illustrious; most rapidly.
- A double superlative suffix associated with -more, a comparative suffix, now taken as a suffixal form of most, as used in forming superlatives, as in foremost, hindmost, uppermost, utmost, inmost, topmost, etc. Compare -more.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (superlative of `many' used with count nouns and often preceded by `the') quantifier meaning the greatest in number
- adv. (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but
- adv. very
- adv. used to form the superlative
- adj. the superlative of `much' that can be used with mass nouns and is usually preceded by `the'; a quantifier meaning the greatest in amount or extent or degree
Middle English, from Old English mǣst, māst; . Adv., short for almost.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English mǣst, from Proto-Germanic. Cognate with Dutch meest, German meist, Swedish mest. (Wiktionary)