Definition of most determiner from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    determiner, pronoun
    BrE BrE//məʊst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//moʊst//
    (used as the superlative of ‘much’, ‘a lot of’, ‘many’)
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  1. 1  the largest in number or amount Who do you think will get (the) most votes? She had the most money of all of them. I spent most time on the first question. Who ate the most? The director has the most to lose. The can be left out in informal British English.
  2. 2  more than half of somebody/something; almost all of somebody/something I like most vegetables. Most classical music sends me to sleep. As most of you know, I've decided to resign. Most of the people I had invited turned up. There are thousands of verbs in English and most (of them) are regular. The is not used with most in this meaning.
  3. Word OriginOld English māst, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch meest and German meist.Idioms not more than As a news item it merits a short paragraph at most. There were 50 people there, at the very most.
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