most
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English mǣst; akin to Old High German meist most, Old English māra more — more at more Date: before 12th century 1. greatest in quantity, extent, or degree <
the most ability
>
2. the majority of <
most people
>
II. adverb Date: before 12th century 1. to the greatest or highest degree — often used with an adjective or adverb to form the superlative <
the most challenging job he ever had
>
2. to a very great degree <
was most persuasive
>
III. noun Date: 12th century the greatest amount <
it's the most I can do
>
IV. pronoun Usage: singular or plural in construction Date: 13th century the greatest number or part <
most become discouraged and quit
>
V. adverb Etymology: by shortening Date: circa 1584 almost <
we'll be crossing the river most any time now — Hamilton Basso
>
Usage: Although considered by some to be unacceptable in all cases, most is often used to mean “almost” in both spoken and, to a lesser extent, written English to modify the adjectives all, every, and any; the pronouns all, everyone, everything, everybody, anyone, anything, and anybody; and the adverbs everywhere, anywhere, and always. Other uses of this sense of most are dialectal.

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  • Most — (m[=o]st), a., superl. of {More}. [OE. most, mast, mest, AS. m[=ae]st; akin to D. meest, OS. m[=e]st, G. meist, Icel. mestr, Goth. maists; a superl. corresponding to E. more. [root]103. See {More}, a.] 1. Consisting of the greatest number or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Most — Most, adv. [AS. m[=ae]st. See {Most}, a.] In the greatest or highest degree. [1913 Webster] Those nearest to this king, and most his favorites, were courtiers and prelates. Milton. [1913 Webster] Note: Placed before an adjective or adverb, most… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Most — Héraldique …   Wikipédia en Français

  • most — mȏst m <G mȍsta, N mn mòstovi> DEFINICIJA 1. građevina ili objekt koji služi za prelaženje ljudi i tereta preko rijeke, morskog tjesnaca, provalije itd. [pontonski most; viseći most; željeznički most] 2. posebna naprava preko koje se silazi …   Hrvatski jezični portal

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