Meaning of MOST in English

MOST

I. ˈmōst adjective

Etymology: Middle English mest, mast, most, from Old English mǣst, māst; akin to Old High German meist most, Old Norse mestr, Gothic maists; superlative from the root of Old English mā more — more at more

1. : the greatest number of : the majority of

most men

most problems

most eligible voters went to the polls

— used with the noun in the plural

2.

a. : greatest in quantity, extent, or degree

owning the most land

the car with the most speed

he has the most ability

she has the most need of it

— used with the noun in the sing.

b. obsolete : in the highest degree : greatest

these politicians … are our most fools — George Chapman

3. chiefly dialect : chief , main

the most place where you will be safe — Augusta Gregory

- for the most part

II. adverb

Etymology: Middle English mest, mast, most, from Old English mǣst, māst; akin to Old High German meist most, Old Norse mest, Gothic maist, adverb, maists, adjective — more at most I

1.

a. : to the greatest or highest degree : to the greatest extent

the book that pleased him most

— often used with adjectives or adverbs to form the superlative

the most beautiful woman there

writes most beautifully of all

b. : to a very great degree

the argument was most persuasive

a most careful workman

2. obsolete : for the most part : mostly

states are most collected into monarchies — Francis Bacon

- most an end

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English mest, mast, most, from Old English mǣst, māst, from mǣst, māst, adjective — more at most I

: the greatest amount or quantity

the most I can give you

the most we can say for him

- at most

IV. pronoun, singular or plural in construction

Etymology: most (I)

: the greatest number or part : majority

some of the people stayed behind but most went

most who were present

most of it is out of sight

V. adverb

Etymology: by shortening

: almost

most anywhere in Europe — New York Herald Tribune

you feel the way most everybody else has felt — Gwethalyn Graham

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.