most

most determiner, pronoun, adverb BrE [məʊst]
NAmE [moʊst]
determiner, pronoun (used as the superlative of ‘much’, ‘a lot of’, ‘many’)
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 BrE.
2. more than half of sb/sth; almost all of sb/sth
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.
Word Origin:
Old English māst, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch meest and German meist.
Idiom: at most
adverb
1. used to form the superlative of adjectives and adverbs of two or more syllables
the most boring/beautiful part
It was the people with the least money who gave most generously.  When most is followed only by an adverb, the is not used
This reason is mentioned most frequently, but
This is the most frequently mentioned reason.
2. to the greatest degree
What did you enjoy (the) most?
It was what she wanted most of all.  The is often left out in informal English.
3. (formal) very; extremely; completely
It was most kind of you to meet me.
We shall most probably never meet again.
This technique looks easy, but it most certainly is not.
4. (NAmE, informal) almost
I go to the store most every day.
Word Origin:
[most] Old English māst, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch meest and German meist.

WordNet Dictionary:
I
adjective
1. (superlative of `many' used with count nouns and often preceded by `the') quantifier meaning the greatest in number
- who has the most apples?
- most people like eggs
- most fishes have fins
Ant: fewest
2. 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
- made the most money he could
- what attracts the most attention?
- made the most of a bad deal
Ant: least
II
adverb
1. used to form the superlative
- the king cobra is the most dangerous snake
Syn: to the highest degree
Ant: least
2. very
- a most welcome relief
3. (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but
- 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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