- More is defined as something done again, or something that is done or felt to a larger extent.
- An example of more means you go down the slide once again.
- An example of more means that you prefer dogs to cats.
- More means a larger amount or greater number of things.
An example of more is when you have two cats and you get a third cat.
- greater in amount, degree, or number: often used as the comparative of much or many: we have more time than we thought
- additional; further: take more tea
Origin of moreMiddle English ; from Old English mara, greater, used as comparative of mycel, big, much (see much): akin to Gothic maiza ; from Indo-European base an unverified form mē-, an unverified form mō-, big
- a greater amount, quantity, or degree
- a greater number (of persons or things): more of us are going
- a greater number of persons or things
- something additional or further: more can be said
- something of greater importance
- in or to a greater degree or extent: used with many adjectives and adverbs (regularly with those of three or more syllables) to form the comparative degree: more satisfying, more intensely
- in addition; further; again; longer
Origin of more< the above, replacing earlier mo (OE ma) < IE positive *me-ro-s, *mō-ro-s < *mē-, *mō-
more and more
- to an increasing degree; increasingly
- a constantly increasing amount, quantity, degree, or number (of persons or a specified thing)
more or less
- to some extent
- More, Hannah 1745-1833; Eng. writer, esp. of religious tracts
- More, Sir Thomas 1478-1535; Eng. statesman & writer: executed: canonized in 1935also called Saint Thomas More
adjectiveComparative of many, much.
- a. Greater in number: a hall with more seats.b. Greater in size, amount, extent, or degree: more land; more support.
- Additional; extra: She needs some more time.
adverbComparative of much.
- a. To or in a greater extent or degree: loved him even more.b. Used to form the comparative of many adjectives and adverbs: more difficult; more softly. See Usage Note at perfect.
- In addition: phoned twice more.
- Moreover; furthermore.
Origin of moreMiddle English, from Old English māra and māre; see mē-3 in Indo-European roots. Usage Note: When a noun phrase contains more than one and a singular noun, the verb is normally singular: More than one editor is working on that project. More than one field has been planted with oats. When more than one is followed by of and a plural noun, the verb is plural: More than one of the paintings were stolen. More than one of the cottages are for sale. When more than one stands alone, it usually takes a singular verb, but it may take a plural verb if the notion of multiplicity predominates: The operating rooms are all in good order. More than one is (or are) equipped with the latest imaging technology. See Usage Notes at one, over.
- Comparative form of many: in greater number. (Used for a discrete quantity.)
- more people are arriving; there are more ways to do this than I can count.
- â€‹ Comparative form of much: in greater quantity, amount, or proportion. (Used for a continuous quantity.)
- I want more soup; I need more time
- There's more caffeine in my coffee than in the coffee you get in most places.
- To a greater degree or extent. [from 10th c.]
- He walks more in the morning these days.
- (now poetic) In negative constructions: any further, any longer; any more. [from 10th c.]
- â€‹ Used alone to form the comparative form of adjectives and adverbs. [from 13th c.]
- You're more beautiful than I ever imagined.
- 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, The Celebrity:
- Then we relapsed into a discomfited silence, and wished we were anywhere else. But Miss Thorn relieved the situation by laughing aloud, and with such a hearty enjoyment that instead of getting angry and more mortified we began to laugh ourselves, and instantly felt better.
- 2013 July-August, Henry Petroski, â€œGeothermal Energyâ€, American Scientist, volume 101, number 4:â€Š
- Ancient nomads, wishing to ward off the evening chill and enjoy a meal around a campfire, had to collect wood and then spend time and effort coaxing the heat of friction out from between sticks to kindle a flame. With more settled people, animals were harnessed to capstans or caged in treadmills to turn grist into meal.
- (now dialectal or humorous) Used in addition to an inflected comparative form. (Standard until the 18th century.) [from 13th c.]
- No more than a disagreement from a friend.
From Middle English more, from Old English mÄra (â€œmoreâ€), from Proto-Germanic *maizÃ´ (â€œmoreâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *mÄ“- (â€œmanyâ€). Cognate with Scots mair (â€œmoreâ€), West Frisian mear (â€œmoreâ€), Dutch meer (â€œmoreâ€), Low German mehr (â€œmoreâ€), German mehr (â€œmoreâ€), Danish mere (â€œmoreâ€), Swedish mera (â€œmoreâ€), Icelandic meiri, meira (â€œmoreâ€).
From Middle English more, moore (â€œcarrot, parsnipâ€) from Old English more, moru (â€œcarrot, parsnipâ€) from Proto-Germanic *murhÅ(n), *murhijÅ(n) (â€œcarrotâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *mork- (â€œedible herb, tuberâ€). Akin to Old Saxon moraha (â€œcarrotâ€), Old High German morha, moraha (â€œroot of a plant or treeâ€) (German MÃ¶hre (â€œcarrotâ€), Morchel (â€œmushroom, morelâ€)). More at morel.
(third-person singular simple present mores, present participle moring, simple past and past participle mored)
- To root up.
From Middle English moren, from the noun. See above.
- The Volta-Congo language of the Mossi people, mainly spoken in part of Burkina Faso.
- A surnameâ€‹.
From Scottish Gaelic mÃ³r (â€œbigâ€). Also a variant of Moore.
- (archaic) Used to form a comparative of certain adjectives and adverbs, usually ending in -er.
- Used for placenames
- No longer productive in contemporary English except archaically.
From Middle English -more
Variant of many
- consisting of some large, indefinite number (of persons or things); numerous
- relatively numerous (preceded by as, too, etc.)
Origin of manyMiddle English ; from Old English manig, akin to German manch (OHG manag) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form menegh-, many, richly from source Sanskrit maghā-, gift, Old Irish menicc, abundant
a good many
a great many
be (one) too many for
- a finite but unspecified number of: works so many hours a week
- some number of: acting like so many children
- the majority of people
- the masses