Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Greater in number: a hall with more seats.
  • adj. Greater in size, amount, extent, or degree: more land; more support.
  • adj. Additional; extra: She needs some more time.
  • n. A greater or additional quantity, number, degree, or amount: The more I see of you the more I like you.
  • pro. A greater or additional number of persons or things: I opened only two bottles but more were in the refrigerator.
  • adv. To or in a greater extent or degree: loved him even more.
  • adv. Used to form the comparative of many adjectives and adverbs: more difficult; more softly. See Usage Note at perfect.
  • adv. In addition: phoned twice more.
  • adv. Moreover; furthermore.
  • idiom more and more To a steadily increasing extent or degree: getting more and more worried.
  • idiom more or less About; approximately: holds two tons, more or less.
  • idiom more or less To an undetermined degree: were more or less in agreement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To root up.
  • Comparative form of many: in greater number. (Used for a discrete quantity.)
  • ​ Comparative form of much: in greater quantity, amount, or proportion. (Used for a continuous quantity.)
  • n. An increased amount or quantity.
  • n. a carrot; a parsnip.
  • n. a root; stock.
  • n. A plant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hill.
  • n. A root.
  • Greater; superior; increased
  • Greater in quality, amount, degree, quality, and the like; with the singular.
  • Greater in number; exceeding in numbers; -- with the plural.
  • Additional; other.
  • n. A greater quantity, amount, or number; that which exceeds or surpasses in any way what it is compared with.
  • n. That which is in addition; something other and further; an additional or greater amount.
  • adv. In a greater quantity; in or to a greater extent or degree.
  • adv. With a verb or participle.
  • adv. With an adjective or adverb (instead of the suffix -er) to form the comparative degree.
  • adv. In addition; further; besides; again.
  • transitive v. To make more; to increase.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Greater: often indicating comparison merely, not absolutely but relatively greater.
  • In number, especially as comparative of many.
  • In degree or intensity, especially as comparative of much or as exceeding a small or smaller quantity.
  • In rank, position, or dignity: opposed to less.
  • Greater in amount, extent, number, or degree: the following noun being in effect a partitive genitive: as, more land; more light; more money; more courage.
  • In addition; additional: the adjective being before or after the noun, or in the predicate.
  • n. A greater quantity, amount, or number.
  • n. Something superior or further or in addition: corresponding to I., 2, with partitive genitive merged.
  • n. Persons of rank; the great.
  • In a greater extent, quantity, or degree.
  • [In this sense more is regularly used to modify an adjective or adverb and form a comparative phrase, having the same force and effect as the comparative degree made by the termination -er: as, more wise (wiser), more wisely; more illustrious, more illustriously; more contemptible; more durable. It may be used before any adjective or adverb which admits of comparison, and is generally used with words of more than two syllables, in which the use of the suffix -er would be awkward: as, more curious, more eminent, etc.; formations like curiouser, virtuouser, etc., being avoided, though occasionally used in older writers. Formerly more was very often used superfluously in the comparative: as, more better, braver, fitter, mightier, etc.]
  • Further; to a greater distance.
  • In addition; besides; again: qualified by such words as any, no, ever, never, once, twice, etc., the two being in some cases also written together as one, as evermore, nevermore, and formerly nomore.
  • Besides; indeed.
  • To make more; increase; enhance.
  • n. A root; stock.
  • n. A plant.
  • To root up.
  • n. An obsolete form of moor.
  • n. A hill.
  • n. A mulberry-tree, Morus nigra.
  • n. Delay.
  • n. A formative of comparison, indicating the comparative degree.
  • n. See -mor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (comparative of `many' used with count nouns) quantifier meaning greater in number
  • adj. (comparative of `much' used with mass nouns) a quantifier meaning greater in size or amount or extent or degree
  • adv. used to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbs
  • adv. comparative of much; to a greater degree or extent
  • n. English statesman who opposed Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon and was imprisoned and beheaded; recalled for his concept of Utopia, the ideal state

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English māra and māre; see mē-3 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English moren, from the noun. See above. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English more, from Old English māra ("more"), from Proto-Germanic *maizô (“more”), from Proto-Indo-European *mē- (“many”). Cognate with Scots mair ("more"), West Frisian mear ("more"), Dutch meer ("more"), German mehr ("more"), Swedish mer, mera ("more"), Icelandic meiri, meira ("more"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English more, moore "carrot, parsnip" from Old English more, moru "carrot, parsnip" from Proto-Germanic *murhō(n), *murhijō(n) (“carrot”), from Proto-Indo-European *mork- (“edible herb, tuber”). Akin to Old Saxon moraha "carrot", Old High German morha, moraha "root of a plant or tree" (German Möhre "carrot", Morchel "mushroom, morel"). More at morel. (Wiktionary)

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  • The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia lists, among its definitions of more,
    7. A mulberry-tree, Morus nigra; and, 1. to root up.
    Go more that more some more.

    September 15, 2011

  • Waves of wanting, by Nancy Dwyer.

    April 30, 2008