- 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.
- 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.]
- 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, “Geothermal Energy”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 4:
- 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 māra (“more”), from Proto-Germanic *maizô (“more”), from Proto-Indo-European *mē- (“many”). Cognate with Scots mair (“more”), West Frisian mear (“more”), Dutch meer (“more”), Low German mehr (“more”), German mehr (“more”), Danish mere (“more”), Swedish mera (“more”), Icelandic meiri, meira (“more”).
From Middle English more, moore (“carrot, parsnip”) from Old English more, moru (“carrot, parsnip”) from Proto-Germanic *murhō(n), *murhijō(n) (“carrot”), from Proto-Indo-European *mork- (“edible herb, tuber”). Akin to Old Saxon moraha (“carrot”), Old High German morha, moraha (“root of a plant or tree”) (German Möhre (“carrot”), Morchel (“mushroom, morel”)). 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 surname.
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