The more -- the more

The more -- the more
More More, adv. 1. In a greater quantity; in or to a greater extent or degree. (a) With a verb or participle. [1913 Webster]

Admiring more The riches of Heaven's pavement. --Milton. [1913 Webster] (b) With an adjective or adverb (instead of the suffix -er) to form the comparative degree; as, more durable; more active; more sweetly. [1913 Webster]

Happy here, and more happy hereafter. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

Note: Double comparatives were common among writers of the Elizabeth period, and for some time later; as, more brighter; more dearer. [1913 Webster]

The duke of Milan And his more braver daughter. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. In addition; further; besides; again. [1913 Webster]

Yet once more, O ye laurels, and once more, Ye myrtles brown, with ivy never sere, I come to pluck your berries harsh and crude. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{More and more}, with continual increase. ``Amon trespassed more and more.'' --2 Chron. xxxiii. 23.

{The more}, to a greater degree; by an added quantity; for a reason already specified.

{The more -- the more}, by how much more -- by so much more. ``The more he praised it in himself, the more he seems to suspect that in very deed it was not in him.'' --Milton.

{To be no more}, to have ceased to be; as, Cassius is no more; Troy is no more. [1913 Webster]

Those oracles which set the world in flames, Nor ceased to burn till kingdoms were no more. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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