Meaning of MORE in English


I. more 1 S1 W1 /mɔː $ mɔːr/ BrE AmE adverb

1 . [used before an adjective or adverb to form the comparative] having a particular quality to a greater degree OPP less :

You’ll have to be more careful next time.

Can’t it be done more quickly?

much/a lot/far more

Children generally feel much more confident working in groups.

more ... than

It was a lot more expensive than I had expected.

Your health is more important than anything else.

Children can often do these puzzles more easily than adults.

Selling goods abroad is no more difficult (=not more difficult) than selling to the home market.


Do not use more before the -er form of an adjective or adverb:

Driving is cheaper (NOT more cheaper) than going by rail.

2 . used to say that something happens a greater number of times or for longer OPP less :

I promised Mum that I’d help more with the housework.

You need to get out of the house more.

more than

Children are using the library more than they used to.

He travels around a lot more now that he has a car.

3 . used to say that something happens to a greater degree OPP less :

She cares a lot more for her dogs than she does for me.

more than

It’s his manner I dislike, more than anything else.

4 . more and more used to say that a quality, situation etc gradually increases SYN increasingly :

More and more, we are finding that people want to continue working beyond 60.

As the disease worsened, he found walking more and more difficult.

5 . more or less almost:

a place where the ground was more or less flat

They’ve settled here more or less permanently.

He more or less accused me of lying.

6 . once more

a) again, and often for the last time:

May I thank you all once more for making this occasion such a big success.

Once more the soldiers attacked and once more they were defeated.

b) used to say that someone or something returns to the situation they were in before:

England was once more at war with France.

7 . not any more ( also no more literary ) if something does not happen any more, it used to happen but does not happen now:

Sarah doesn’t live here any more.

8 . more than happy/welcome/likely etc very happy, welcome, likely etc – used to emphasize what you are saying:

The store is more than happy to deliver goods to your home.

The police are more than likely to ban the match.

9 . the more ..., the more/the less ... used to say that if a particular activity increases, another change happens as a result:

The more I thought about it, the less I liked the idea.

10 . be more something than something to be one thing rather than another:

It was more a worry than a pleasure.

11 . more than a little formal fairly:

The lectures were more than a little disappointing.

12 . no more does/has/will etc somebody spoken old-fashioned used to say that a negative statement is also true about someone else SYN nor , neither :

‘She didn’t know the reason for his leaving.’ ‘No more do I (=neither do I) .’

13 . no more ... than used to emphasize that someone or something does not have a particular quality or would not do something:

He’s no more fit to be a priest than I am!

⇨ more often than not at ↑ often (5), ⇨ more fool you/him etc at ↑ fool 1 (7), ⇨ that’s more like it/this is more like it at ↑ like 1 (11)

II. more 2 S1 W1 BrE AmE determiner , pronoun [comparative of ‘many’ and ‘much’]

1 . a greater amount or number OPP less , fewer :

We should spend more on health and education.

more (...) than

More people are buying new cars than ever before.

much/a lot/far more

Diane earns a lot more than I do.

more than 10/100 etc

Our plane took off more than two hours late.

More than a quarter of the students never finished their courses.

more of

Viewers want better television, and more of it.

Perhaps next year more of us will be able to afford holidays abroad.

2 . an additional number or amount OPP less :

I really am interested. Tell me more.

We need five more chairs.

a little/many/some/any more

Can I have a little more time to finish?

Are there any more sandwiches?

I have no more questions.

more of

You’d better take some more of your medicine.

Don’t waste any more of my time.

3 . more and more an increasing number or amount OPP less and less :

More and more people are moving to the cities.

4 . not/no more than something used to emphasize that a particular number, amount, distance etc is not large:

It’s a beautiful cottage not more than five minutes from the nearest beach.

Opinion polls show that no more than 30% of people trust the government.

5 . the more ..., the more/the less ... used to say that if an amount of something increases, another change happens as a result:

It always seems like the more I earn, the more I spend.

6 . be more of something than something to be one thing rather than another:

It was more of a holiday than a training exercise.

7 . no more than

a) used to say that something is not too much, but exactly right or suitable:

It’s no more than you deserve.

Eline felt it was no more than her duty to look after her husband.

b) ( also little more than ) used to say that someone or something is not very great or important:

He’s no more than a glorified accountant.

He left school with little more than a basic education.

8 . (and) what’s more used to add more information that emphasizes what you are saying:

I’ve been fortunate to find a career that I love and, what's more, I get well paid for it.

9 . no more something used to say that something will or should no longer happen:

No more dreary winters – we’re moving to Florida.

⇨ more’s the pity at ↑ pity 1 (4)

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▪ more in addition to an amount or number:

Can I have some more coffee?


I have one more question.


It only costs a few dollars more.

▪ further [only before noun] formal as well as the ones that you have already mentioned:

She will remain in hospital for further tests.


They waited for a further two hours.

▪ supplementary formal in addition to the main part of something:

Supplementary information is available on request.


a supplementary question


supplementary income

▪ extra in addition to the usual or standard cost, time, amount etc:

They let the kids stay up an extra hour.


Some stores charge extra for delivery.


Postage is extra.

▪ additional [only before noun] more than the basic amount or the amount that you expected or agreed. Additional is more formal than extra :

An evening job would provide additional income.


There may be an additional charge for paying bills by credit card.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.