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Definition 1: the superlative of `much' that can be used with mass nouns and is usually preceded by `the'; a quantifier meaning the greatest in amount or extent or degree - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where most or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • made the most money he could
  • what attracts the most attention?
  • made the most of a bad deal

(most is used in the usage domain ...) an exaggerated expression (usually of praise)

"the critics lavished superlatives on it"

Definition 2: (superlative of `many' used with count nouns and often preceded by `the') quantifier meaning the greatest in number - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where most or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • who has the most apples?
  • most people like eggs
  • most fishes have fins

(most is used in the usage domain ...) an exaggerated expression (usually of praise)

"the critics lavished superlatives on it"

Definition 3: used to form the superlative - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where most or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the king cobra is the most dangerous snake

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Definition 4: very - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where most or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a most welcome relief

(most is used in the usage domain ...) a modifier that has little meaning except to intensify the meaning it modifies

"`up' in `finished up' is an intensifier" "`honestly' in `I honestly don't know' is an intensifier"

Definition 5: (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where most or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the job is (just) about done
  • the baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded
  • we're almost finished
  • the car all but ran her down
  • he nearly fainted
  • talked for nigh onto 2 hours
  • the recording is well-nigh perfect
  • virtually all the parties signed the contract
  • I was near exhausted by the run
  • most everyone agrees

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