Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Anyone who edits Chinglish for a living, as I do, will recognize that very common most of ____ error for most___ or most of the ______.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • The existance of a creator, or lack there of, is unprovable and rightly so, if there was proof there would be no need for faith so the most basic tenant of *most* theology is safe from contradiction.

    Your Creation Museum Report « Whatever

  • Given America’s superior technology, it is reasonable to assume that if the US launched a “preemptive” nuclear or conventional attack on Iran, we would wipe out most of their nuclear facilities, although probably not all. former president and nuclear engineer, Jimmy Carter, observed “most Iranian nuclear facilities are now spread over a wide area and buried deep underground.

    Printing: Iran - Deja Vu All Over Again

  • The most prominent instance of this strategy is his embrace of an atomist matter theory as a ˜most likely hypothesis™.

    Pierre Gassendi

  • "The deliberate convictions of the most matured consideration I can give the subject, are, that the institution of slavery is a _most serious injury to the habits, manners and morals_ of our white population -- that it leads to sloth, indolence, dissipation, and vice."

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4

  • And if we place more and most before other adverbs, the effect is the same; as, skilfully, _more_ skilfully, _most_ skilfully.

    English Grammar in Familiar Lectures

  • Walt Whitman as one of the most, if not _the most_, perfect example of whom we have any record of cosmic consciousness and its sublime effects upon the character and personality of the illumined one.

    Cosmic Consciousness

  • "I have a strange feeling, my boy -- for once, I find myself unable to explain -- most odd, _most_ odd ... five hundredth birthday ...."

    David and the Phoenix

  • Where the adjectives and adverbs have two or more syllables, most of them are compared by the use of the adverbs _more_ and _most_, or, if the comparison be a descending one, by the use of _less_ and _least_; as, _beautiful, more beautiful, most beautiful_, and

    Practical Grammar and Composition

  • Accordingly, not only is energy applauded, but that energy applauded most that _does most_.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 54, No. 333, July 1843

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