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Meaning of MOST

Pronunciation:  mowst

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adv]  (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; `near' is sometimes used informally for `nearly' and `most' is sometimes used informally for `almost'; "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"
  2. [adv]  used to form the superlative; "the king cobra is the most dangerous snake"
  3. [adv]  (intensifier) very; "a most welcome relief"

MOST is a 4 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: about, all but, almost, just about, near, nearly, nigh, to the highest degree, virtually, well-nigh
 Antonyms: least, to the lowest degree



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Most\, a., superl. of {More}. [OE. most, mast, mest, AS.
    m?st; akin to D. meest, OS. m[=e]st, G. meist, Icel. mestr,
    Goth. maists; a superl. corresponding to E. more. [root]103.
    See {More}, a.]
    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.
    2. Greatest in degree; as, he has the most need of it. ``In
       the moste pride.'' --Chaucer.
    3. Highest in rank; greatest. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    Note: 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.
                A covetous man makes the most of what he has.
    {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
    {Most an end}, generally. See {An end}, under {End}, n.
       [Obs.] ``She sleeps most an end.'' --Massinger.
  2. \Most\, adv. [AS. m[=ae]st. See {Most}, a.]
    In the greatest or highest degree.
          Those nearest to this king, and most his favorites,
          were courtiers and prelates.             --Milton.
    Note: 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. \Most\, adv.
    {Most-favored-nation clause} (Diplomacy), a clause, often
       inserted in treaties, by which each of the contracting
       nations binds itself to grant to the other in certain
       stipulated matters the same terms as are then, or may be
       thereafter, granted to the nation which receives from it
       the most favorable terms in respect of those matters.
             There was a ``most-favored-nation'' clause with
             provisions for the good treatment of strangers
             entering the Republic.                --James Bryce.
             Steam navigation was secured by the Japanese as far
             as Chungking, and under the most-favored-nation
             clause the right accrued to us.       --A. R.
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