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Meaning & Definition of Most in English





1. (superlative of `many' used with count nouns and often preceded by `the') quantifier meaning the greatest in number

  • "Who has the most apples?"
  • "Most people like eggs"
  • "Most fishes have fins"
  • most(a)

2. 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
  • "Made the most money he could"
  • "What attracts the most attention?"
  • "Made the most of a bad deal"
  • most(a)


1. Used to form the superlative

  • "The king cobra is the most dangerous snake"
  • most
  • ,
  • to the highest degree

2. Very

  • "A most welcome relief"
  • most

3. (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished

  • All but
  • "The job is (just) about done"
  • "The baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded"
  • "We're almost finished"
  • "The car all but ran her down"
  • "He nearly fainted"
  • "Talked for nigh onto 2 hours"
  • "The recording is well-nigh perfect"
  • "Virtually all the parties signed the contract"
  • "I was near exhausted by the run"
  • "Most everyone agrees"
  • about
  • ,
  • almost
  • ,
  • most
  • ,
  • nearly
  • ,
  • near
  • ,
  • nigh
  • ,
  • virtually
  • ,
  • well-nigh

Examples of using

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