1  quant You use most to refer to the majority of a group of things or people or the largest part of something. QUANT of def-n By stopping smoking you are undoing most of the damage smoking has caused..., Sadly, most of the house was destroyed by fire in 1828.    Most is also a determiner., det DET pl-n Most people think the Queen has done a good job over the last 50 years...    Most is also a pronoun., pron Seventeen civilians were hurt. Most are students who had been attending a twenty-first birthday party...  


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2  adj 
You use the most to mean a larger amount than anyone or anything else, or the largest amount possible. the ADJ n The President himself won the most votes...    Most is also a pronoun., pron The most they earn in a day is ten roubles.  
3  adv 
You use most to indicate that something is true or happens to a greater degree or extent than anything else. ADV with v  (Antonym: least) What she feared most was becoming like her mother..., ...Professor Morris, the person he most hated.  You use most of all to indicate that something happens or is true to a greater extent than anything else. ♦most of all  phrase PHR with v She said she wanted most of all to be fair.  
4  adv 
You use most to indicate that someone or something has a greater amount of a particular quality than most other things of its kind. ADV adj/adv  (Antonym: least) He was one of the most influential performers of modern jazz..., If anything, swimming will appeal to her most strongly...  
5  adv 
If you do something the most, you do it to the greatest extent possible or with the greatest frequency. the ADV after v What question are you asked the most?...  
6  adv 
You use most in conversations when you want to draw someone"s attention to something very interesting or important that you are about to say. ADV adv/adj Most surprisingly, quite a few said they don"t intend to vote at all...  
7  adv 
You use most to emphasize an adjective or adverb. FORMAL ADV adj/adv  (emphasis) I"ll be most pleased to speak to them...  
8 You use at most or at the most to say that a number or amount is the maximum that is possible and that the actual number or amount may be smaller. ♦at most/at the most 
 phrase amount PHR, PHR with cl Poach the pears in apple juice for perhaps ten minutes at most., ...staying on at school for two extra years to study only three, or at the most four subjects...  
9 If you make the most of something, you get the maximum use or advantage from it. ♦make the most of sth 
 phrase V inflects Happiness is the ability to make the most of what you have...  
-most 
 -most is added to adjectives in order to form other adjectives that describe something as being further in a particular direction than other things of the same kind.  suffix ...the topmost branches of the trees..., Many patients have told me their innermost thoughts., ...the northernmost suburbs of Chicago.  


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