Mosts



[mohst] /moʊst/

adjective, superl. of much or many with more as compar.
1.
in the greatest quantity, amount, measure, degree, or number:
to win the most votes.
2.
in the majority of instances:
Most operations are successful.
3.
greatest, as in size or extent:
the most talent.
noun
4.
the greatest quantity, amount, or degree; the utmost:
The most I can hope for is a passing grade.
5.
the greatest number or the majority of a class specified:
Most of his writing is rubbish.
6.
the greatest number:
The most this room will seat is 150.
7.
the majority of persons:
to be more sensitive than most.
8.
the most, Slang. the ultimate in something:
He’s the most. That movie was the most.
adverb, superl. of much with more as compar.
9.
in or to the greatest extent or degree (in this sense often used before adjectives and adverbs, and regularly before those of than two syllables, to form superlative phrases having the same force and effect as the superlative degree formed by the termination -est):
most rapid; most wisely.
10.
very:
a most puzzling case.
11.
Informal. almost or nearly.
Idioms
12.
at the most, at the maximum.
Also, at most.
13.
for the most part. (def 34).
14.
make the most of, to use to greatest advantage; utilize fully:
to make the most of an opportunity.
/məʊst/
determiner
1.

2.
the most

3.
at most, at the most, at the maximum: that girl is four at the most
4.
for the most part, generally
5.
make the most of, to use to the best advantage: she makes the most of her accent
6.
than most, than most others: the leaves are greener than most
7.
(slang, mainly US) the most, wonderful: that chick’s the most
adverb
8.
the most, used to form the superlative of some adjectives and adverbs: the most beautiful daughter of all
9.
the superlative of much people welcome a drink most after work
10.
(intensifier): a most absurd story
11.
(US & Canadian, informal or dialect) almost: most every town in this state, John is the more intelligent of the two, he is the most intelligent of the students
adj.

Old English mast “greatest number, amount, extent,” earlier mæst, from Proto-Germanic *maistaz (cf. Old Saxon mest, Old Frisian mast, Old Norse mestr, Dutch meest, German meist, Gothic maists “most”), superlative form of Proto-Germanic *maiz, root of Old English ma, mara (see more). Used in Old English as superlative of micel “great, large” (see mickle). Vowel influenced by more. Original sense of “greatest” survives in phrase for the most part (c.1400). Slang meaning “the best, extremely good” is attested from 1953. Also used as an adverb in Old English. Phrase make the most of (something) is by 1520s. Related: Mostly. Double superlative mostest is 1885, from U.S. Southern and Black English.
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