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MOST, a. superl. of more.

1. Consisting of the greatest number. That scheme of life is to be preferred, which presents a prospect of the most advantages with the fewest inconveniences.

Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness. Prov.20.

2. consisting of the greatest quantity; greatest; as the most part of the land or the mountain.

MOST, adv. In the greatest or highest degree. Pursue that course of life which will most tend to produce private happiness and public usefulness. Contemplations on the works of God expand the mind and tend to produce most sublime views of his power and wisdom.

As most is used to express the superlative degree, it is used before any adjective; as most vile, most wicked, most illustrious.

MOST, n. [used as a substitute for a noun, when the noun is omitted or understood.]

1. The greatest number or part.

Then he began to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done. Matt.11.

[This use seems to have resulted form the omission of part, or some similar word,and most in this case signifies greatest, that is, the greatest part.]

2. The most, the greatest value, amount or advantage, or the utmost in extent, degree or effect.

A covetous man makes the most of what he has, and can get.

At the most, the greatest degree or quantity; the utmost extent. Stock brings six per cent. interest at the most, often less.




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MOST, a. superl. of more.

1. Consisting of the greatest number. That scheme of life is to be preferred, which presents a prospect of the most advantages with the fewest inconveniences.

Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness. Prov.20.

2. consisting of the greatest quantity; greatest; as the most part of the land or the mountain.

MOST, adv. In the greatest or highest degree. Pursue that course of life which will most tend to produce private happiness and public usefulness. Contemplations on the works of God expand the mind and tend to produce most sublime views of his power and wisdom.

As most is used to express the superlative degree, it is used before any adjective; as most vile, most wicked, most illustrious.

MOST, n. [used as a substitute for a noun, when the noun is omitted or understood.]

1. The greatest number or part.

Then he began to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done. Matt.11.

[This use seems to have resulted form the omission of part, or some similar word,and most in this case signifies greatest, that is, the greatest part.]

2. The most, the greatest value, amount or advantage, or the utmost in extent, degree or effect.

A covetous man makes the most of what he has, and can get.

At the most, the greatest degree or quantity; the utmost extent. Stock brings six per cent. interest at the most, often less.


MOST, a. [superl. of More; Sax. mæst, that is, ma and est; Goth. maists; D. and Dan. meest; G. meist; Sw. mest, måst.]

  1. Consisting of the greatest number. That scheme of life is to be preferred, which presents a prospect of the most advantages with the fewest inconveniences. Most men will proclaim, every one his own goodness. Prov. xx.
  2. Consisting of the greatest quantity; greatest; as, the most part of the land or the mountain.

MOST, adv.

In the greatest or highest degree. Pursue that course of life which will most tend to produce private happiness and public usefulness. Contemplations on the works of God expand the mind and tend to produce most sublime views of his power and wisdom. As most is used to express the superlative degree, it is used before any adjective; as, most vile, most wicked, most illustrious.


MOST, n. [used as a substitute for a noun, when the noun is omitted or understood.]

  1. The greatest number or part. Then he began to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done. Matth. xi. [This use seems to have resulted from the omission of part, or some similar word, and most in this case signifies greatest, that is, the greatest part.]
  2. The most, the greatest value, amount or advantage, or the utmost in extent, degree or effect. A covetous man makes the most of what he has, and can get. L'Estrange. At the most, the greatest degree or quantity; the utmost extent. Stock brings six per cent. interest at the most, often less.

Most
  1. Consisting of the greatest number or quantity; greater in number or quantity than all the rest; nearly all.

    "Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness." Prov. xx. 6.

    The cities wherein most of his mighty works were done. Matt. xi. 20.

  2. In the greatest or highest degree.

    Those nearest to this king, and most his favorites, were courtiers and prelates. Milton.

    * Placed before an adjective or adverb, most is used to form the superlative degree, being equivalent to the termination -est; as, most vile, most wicked; most illustrious; most rapidly. Formerly, and until after the Elizabethan period of our literature, the use of the double superlative was common. See More, adv.

    The most unkindest cut of all. Shak.

    The most straitest sect of our religion. Acts xxvi. 5.

  3. Greatest in degree; as, he has the most need of it.

    "In the moste pride." Chaucer.
  4. Highest in rank; greatest.

    [Obs.] Chaucer.

    * Most is used as a noun, the words part, portion, quantity, etc., being omitted, and has the following meanings: 1. The greatest value, number, or part; preponderating portion; highest or chief part. 2. The utmost; greatest possible amount, degree, or result; especially in the phrases to make the most of, at the most, at most.

    A quarter of a year or some months at the most. Bacon.

    A covetous man makes the most of what he has. L'Estrange.

    For the most part, in reference to the larger part of a thing, or to the majority of the persons, instances, or things referred to; as, human beings, for the most part, are superstitious; the view, for the most part, was pleasing. -- Most an end, generally. See An end, under End, n. [Obs.] "She sleeps most an end." Massinger.

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MOST, adjective superlative of more.

1. Consisting of the greatest number. That scheme of life is to be preferred, which presents a prospect of the most advantages with the fewest inconveniences.

MOST men will proclaim every one his own goodness. Proverbs 20:6.

2. consisting of the greatest quantity; greatest; as the most part of the land or the mountain.

MOST, adverb In the greatest or highest degree. Pursue that course of life which will most tend to produce private happiness and public usefulness. Contemplations on the works of God expand the mind and tend to produce most sublime views of his power and wisdom.

As most is used to express the superlative degree, it is used before any adjective; as most vile, most wicked, most illustrious.

MOST, noun [used as a substitute for a noun, when the noun is omitted or understood.]

1. The greatest number or part.

Then he began to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done. Matthew 11:20.

[This use seems to have resulted form the omission of part, or some similar word, and most in this case signifies greatest, that is, the greatest part.]

2. The most the greatest value, amount or advantage, or the utmost in extent, degree or effect.

A covetous man makes the most of what he has, and can get.

At the most the greatest degree or quantity; the utmost extent. Stock brings six per cent. interest at the most often less.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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