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Most
See also: Most, móst, m?st, mo?t, -most, and ?

English

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Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Middle English most, moste, from Old English m?st, m?st, from Proto-Germanic *maistaz, *maist. Cognate with Scots mast, maist ("most"), Saterland Frisian maast ("most"), West Frisian meast ("most"), Dutch meest ("most"), German meist ("most"), Danish and Swedish mest ("most"), Icelandic mestur ("most").

Alternative forms

Determiner

most

  1. superlative degree of much.
    The teams competed to see who could collect (the) most money.
  2. superlative degree of many: the comparatively largest number of (construed with the definite article)
    The team with the most points wins.
  3. superlative degree of many: the majority of; more than half of (construed without the definite article)
    Most bakers and dairy farmers have to get up early.
    Winning was not important for most participants.
Synonyms
  • (superlative of much): more than half of (in meaning, not grammar), almost all
  • (superlative of many): the majority of (in meaning, not grammar)
Translations

Adverb

most (not comparable)

  1. Forms the superlative of many adjectives.
    This is the most important example.
    Correctness is most important.
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter XII, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 4293071, page 77:
      With some of it on the south and more of it on the north of the great main thoroughfare that connects Aldgate and the East India Docks, St. Bede's at this period of its history was perhaps the poorest and most miserable parish in the East End of London.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 1, in A Cuckoo in the Nest[1]:
      "[...] the awfully hearty sort of Christmas cards that people do send to other people that they don't know at all well. You know. The kind that have mottoes [...] . And then, when you see [the senders], you probably find that they are the most melancholy old folk with malignant diseases. [...]"
    Antonym: least
  2. To a great extent or degree; highly; very.
    This is a most unusual specimen.
  3. superlative form of many: most many
  4. superlative form of much: most much
    • 2013 August 3, "Boundary Problems", in The Economist[3], volume 408, number 8847:
      Economics is a messy discipline: too fluid to be a science, too rigorous to be an art. Perhaps it is fitting that economists' most-used metric, gross domestic product (GDP), is a tangle too.
    Antonym: least
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Translations
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Pronoun

most

  1. The greater part of a group, especially a group of people.
    Most want the best for their children.
    The peach was juicier and more flavourful than most.
Synonyms

Noun

most (usually uncountable, plural mosts)

  1. (uncountable) The greatest amount.
    The most I can offer for the house is $150,000.
  2. (countable, uncountable) The greater part.
    Most of the penguins were friendly and curious.
    Most of the rice was spoiled.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, "The Select Circle", in The Ivory Gate [...], New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, [...], OCLC 16832619, page 46:
      At half-past nine on this Saturday evening the parlor of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors. [...] In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for the select circle--a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, "Eye Witness", in The China Governess: A Mystery, London: Chatto & Windus, OCLC 483591931, page 249:
      The story struck the depressingly familiar note with which true stories ring in the tried ears of experienced policemen. [...] The second note, the high alarum, not so familiar and always important since it indicates the paramount sin in Man's private calendar, took most of them by surprise although they had been well prepared.
    • 2013 August 16, John Vidal, "Dams endanger ecology of Himalayas", in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 10, page 8:
      Most of the Himalayan rivers have been relatively untouched by dams near their sources. Now the two great Asian powers, India and China, are rushing to harness them as they cut through some of the world's deepest valleys.
  3. (countable) A record-setting amount.
    • 2001, George Barna, Real Teens: A Contemporary Snapshot of Youth Culture, ->ISBN, page 15:
      Along with their massive size will come other "mosts": they will likely be the longest living, the best educated, the wealthiest and the most wired/ wireless.
    • 2002, John Gregory Selby, Virginians at War: The Civil War Experiences of Seven Young Confederates, ->ISBN, page xvii:
      Virginia had a number of "mosts" that made it appealing, if not representative of all Confederate states: the most citizens among the Southern states; the most slaves; the most men under arms; the most famous Southern generals; the most fighting within its borders; the most divided by the war (what other Southern state lost a quarter of its territory and saw a new state created out of that former territory?); and the most damaged by the war.
    • 2007, Joe Moscheo, The Gospel Side of Elvis, ->ISBN:
      The record of Elvis' achievement is truly remarkable; his list of "firsts" and "mosts" is probably without parallel in music and entertainment history.
Usage notes
  • In the sense of record, used when the positive denotation of best does not apply.

Etymology 2

Reduction of almost.

Adverb

most (not comparable)

  1. (informal, chiefly US) Almost.
    • 1998, Bill Zehme, The Way You Wear Your Hat: And the Lost Art of Livin' (page 181)
      A well-daiquiried redhead eyed him from across the room at Jilly's one night in 1963 -- although it could have been most any night ever [...]
    • 2000, Jewish Baltimore: A Family Album ->ISBN, page 159:
      "We walked there most every day after school."
    • 2011, Charlotte Maclay, Wanted: A Dad to Brag About, ->ISBN:
      "Can't be all that bad if Luke likes it. Most everywhere has air-conditioning, he says."
Translations

References

  • most at OneLook Dictionary Search

Anagrams


Catalan

Etymology

From Latin mustum.

Pronunciation

Noun

most m (plural mosts or mostos)

  1. must (fruit juice that will ferment or has fermented)

Further reading


Czech

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Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *most? ("bridge").

Pronunciation

Noun

most m inan

  1. bridge

Declension

Derived terms

See also

Further reading

  • most in P?íru?ní slovník jazyka ?eského, 1935-1957
  • most in Slovník spisovného jazyka ?eského, 1960-1971, 1989

Dutch

Etymology

From Latin mustum.

Pronunciation

Noun

most m (uncountable, diminutive mostje n)

  1. must (unfermented or partially fermented mashed grapes or rarely other fruits, an early stage in the production of wine)

Friulian

Etymology

From Latin mustum.

Noun

most m (plural mosts)

  1. must (unfermented grape juice or wine)

Hungarian

Etymology

From the earlier ma ("now"), which in modern Hungarian means "today" + -st. For the suffix, compare valamelyest.[1]

Pronunciation

Adverb

most

  1. now

Declension

It can be suffixed from its variant mostan: mostantól ("from now on"), mostanra ("by now"), mostanig ("until now"), or the latter more commonly formed with -a-, mostanáig ("until now").

Derived terms

References

  1. ^ Zaicz, Gábor. Etimológiai szótár: Magyar szavak és toldalékok eredete ('Dictionary of Etymology: The origin of Hungarian words and affixes'). Budapest: Tinta Könyvkiadó, 2006, ->ISBN   (See also its second, revised, expanded edition published in 2021: ->ISBN)

Further reading


Lower Sorbian

Noun

most m (diminutive mos?ik)

  1. Superseded spelling of móst.

Declension


Middle English

Etymology 1

Noun

most

  1. Alternative form of must

Etymology 2

Verb

most

  1. second-person singular present indicative of moten ("to have to")

Norwegian Bokmål

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Etymology

From Middle Low German most, must, from Latin mustum

Noun

most m (definite singular mosten, indefinite plural moster, definite plural mostene)

  1. must, (unfermented) fruit juice, particularly grape juice

References

  • "most" in The Bokmål Dictionary.
  • "most" in Det Norske Akademis ordbok (NAOB).

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Middle Low German most, must, from Latin mustum

Noun

most m (definite singular mosten, indefinite plural mostar, definite plural mostane)

  1. must, (unfermented) fruit juice, particularly grape juice

References

  • "most" in The Nynorsk Dictionary.

Old High German

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin mustum.

Noun

most m

  1. must

Descendants

  • German: Most

Polish

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most

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *most? ("bridge").

Pronunciation

Noun

most m inan

  1. bridge (building over a river or valley)

Declension

Further reading

  • most in Wielki s?ownik j?zyka polskiego, Instytut J?zyka Polskiego PAN
  • most in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Serbo-Croatian

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *most? ("bridge").

Pronunciation

Noun

m?st m (Cyrillic spelling )

  1. bridge (construction or natural feature that spans a divide)

Declension

Derived terms


Slovak

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *most? ("bridge").

Pronunciation

Noun

most m (genitive singular mosta, nominative plural mosty, genitive plural mostov, declension pattern of dub)

  1. bridge

Declension

Derived terms

Further reading

  • most in Slovak dictionaries at slovnik.juls.savba.sk

Slovene

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *most? ("bridge").

Pronunciation

Noun

mst m inan

  1. bridge (construction or natural feature that spans a divide)

Inflection

Masculine inan., hard o-stem
nom. sing. móst
gen. sing. mósta
singular dual plural
nominative móst mósta mósti
accusative móst mósta móste
genitive mósta móstov móstov
dative móstu móstoma móstom
locative móstu móstih móstih
instrumental móstom móstoma mósti

Volapük

Noun

most (nominative plural mosts)

  1. monster

Declension


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