Meaning of MORE in English


I. ˈmō(ə)r, ˈmȯ(ə)r, -ōə, -ȯ(ə) adjective

Etymology: Middle English more, moore, mo, from Old English māra (adjective), mā (adjective & adverb & noun); Old English māra akin to Old High German mēro larger, Old Norse meiri larger, more, Gothic maiza greater, elder; Old English mā akin to Old High German mēr more, Old Norse meirr, Gothic mais; both Old English māra and Old English mā akin to Old Irish mōr, mār large, Greek enchesi mōros fighting with a spear, Old Prussian muisieson more


a. archaic : superior in kind or degree

proceed in their coaches through the city for the more solemnity of it — John Evelyn

b. : superior in quality or intensity

the more fool you

made for something more than a guerilla chieftain — H.E.Scudder

c. : superior in age : older

never seemed more in years than one of her own … brood — Della Lutes

2. : additional , further

offered him more coffee

are going to stake more billions on the future — C.F.Craig

one more word and you'll go straight to your room

3. : of a larger size or extent

for the more part … did not talk of ephemerae — Lucien Price


a. : of a larger quantity or amount

the average high school senior does a lot more and a lot deeper thinking than his temperamental ways … suggest — Milton Lomask

better democracy is more important than more democracy — Francis Biddle

b. : of a larger number

there are more ways than one to skin a cat

the more students who need instruction … the greater the demand for my services — H.A.Burton

II. adverb

Etymology: Middle English more, moore, mo, from Old English māre (from neuter of māra, adjective), mā (adjective & adverb & noun)


a. : beyond a previously indicated number, amount, or length of time : in addition

went to England a couple of times more — Maddy Vegtel

what more could a speaker ask — B.F.Fairless

the poor man's tired and old … and he hasn't much more to go — Lenard Kaufman

b. : in addition to points already enumerated : besides , moreover

more , Jefferson failed to anticipate the gigantic changes — J.P.Boyd


a. : to a greater extent or degree

more as a measure of desperation than as one calculated to achieve victory — C.E.Black & E.C.Helmreich

— often used with adjectives and adverbs to form the comparative

some of her more remarkable sons and visitors — J.P.Marquand

the more learned the writer … the harder it is — W.T.Jones

ostensibly to guard the trains but more probably to relieve the fears of Washington — Eben Swift

b. : to a closer degree : nearer

the plover has more a lark's habits — Alwyn Lee

the real rates are … more like 18 per thousand — B.K.Sandwell

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English more, moore, mo, from Old English māre (from neuter of māra, adjective), mā (adjective & adverb & noun)

1. : a larger portion or number

the more the merrier

climb the more than four hundred steps — Budd Schulberg

— often used with singular verb

more than one charge of discrimination was involved — New York Times


a. : an additional number, amount, or length of time

it costs a little more but it's worth it

b. : something in addition to what has already been mentioned

what is more the gadget can be made to do lovely embossed patterns — Bertram Mycock

c. : further discussion

more on this topic later — G.A.Miller

3. obsolete : one that is of superior rank

both more and less have given him the revolt — Shakespeare

4. : something different or additional

water is no more than ice thawed by heat — Tobias Smollett

IV. pronoun

Etymology: more (I)


a. : something superior or above average

more is expected of you

b. : something of greater importance or significance

his book is more than a guide — Geographical Journal

there is more to prophecy than the knack of accurate forecasting — D.R.Weimer

2. plural in construction : additional persons or things

more were found as the search continued

V. ˈmäə(r) noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English more, moru carrot, parsnip; akin to Old High German moraha carrot, Greek brakana wild vegetables, Russian morkov' carrot

dialect England : root , stump

VI. ˈmō(ə)r


variant of moor

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