Comparative 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.
A greater or additional quantity, number, degree, or amount: The more I see of you the more I like you.
used with a pl. verb A greater or additional number of persons or things: I opened only two bottles but more were in the refrigerator.
Comparative of much
a. To or in a greater extent or degree: loved him even more.
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 more
Middle English from
Old English māra 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 Note at one. See Usage Note at 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:"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 (“more"), from Proto-Germanic *maizÃ´ (“more"), from Proto-Indo-European *mÄ“- (“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").
- (dialectal) a root; stock.
- A plant.
From Middle English more, moore (“carrot, parsnip") from Old English more, moru (“carrot, parsnip") from Proto-Germanic *murhÅ(n), *murhijÅ(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 MÃ¶hre (“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.
From Scottish Gaelic mÃ³r (“big"). 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