more1 W1S1 [mo: US mo:r] adv
1.) [used before an adjective or adverb to form the comparative]
having a particular quality to a greater degree
≠ ↑less
You'll have to be more careful next time.
Can't it be done more quickly?
much/a lot/far more
Children generally feel much more confident working in groups.
more ... than
It was a lot more expensive than I had expected.
Your health is more important than anything else.
Children can often do these puzzles more easily than adults.
Selling goods abroad is no more difficult (=not more difficult) than selling to the home market.
2.) used to say that something happens a greater number of times or for longer
≠ ↑less
I promised Mum that I'd help more with the housework.
You need to get out of the house more.
more than
Children are using the library more than they used to.
He travels around a lot more now that he has a car.
3.) used to say that something happens to a greater degree
≠ ↑less
She cares a lot more for her dogs than she does for me.
more than
It's his manner I dislike, more than anything else.
4.) more and more
used to say that a quality, situation etc gradually increases
More and more, we are finding that people want to continue working beyond 60.
As the disease worsened, he found walking more and more difficult.
5.) more or less
a place where the ground was more or less flat
They've settled here more or less permanently.
He more or less accused me of lying.
6.) once more
a) again, and often for the last time
May I thank you all once more for making this occasion such a big success.
Once more the soldiers attacked and once more they were defeated.
b) used to say that someone or something returns to the situation they were in before
Within a year, England was once more at war with France.
7.) not any more also no more literary
if something does not happen any more, it used to happen but does not happen now
Sarah doesn't live here any more.
8.) more than happy/welcome/likely etc
very happy, welcome, likely etc - used to emphasize what you are saying
The store is more than happy to deliver goods to your home.
The police are more than likely to ban the match.
9.) the more ..., the more/less ...
used to say that if a particular activity increases, another change happens as a result
The more I thought about it, the less I liked the idea.
10.) be more sth than sth
to be one thing rather than another
It was more a worry than a pleasure.
11.) more than a little
formal fairly
The lectures were more than a little disappointing.
12.) no more does/has/will etc sb
spoken old-fashioned used to say that a negative statement is also true about someone else
= ↑nor, neither ↑neither
'She didn't know the reason for his leaving.' 'No more do I (=neither do I) .'
13.) no more ... than
used to emphasize that someone or something does not have a particular quality or would not do something
He's no more fit to be a priest than I am!
more often than not atoften
more fool you/him etc atfool1 (7)
that's more like it/this is more like it atlike1 (11)
HINT sense 1
Do not use more with the -er form of an adjective or adverb: I'll be smarter than before (NOT I'll be more smarter than before).
more 2
more2 W1S1 determiner, pron [comparative of 'many' and 'much']
1.) a greater amount or number
≠ ↑less, fewer fewer
We should spend more on health and education.
more (...) than
More people are buying new cars than ever before.
much/a lot/far more
Diane earns a lot more than I do.
more than 10/100 etc
Our plane took off more than two hours late.
More than a quarter of the students never finished their courses.
more of
Viewers want better television, and more of it.
Perhaps next year more of us will be able to afford holidays abroad.
2.) an additional number or amount
≠ ↑less
I really am interested. Tell me more.
We need five more chairs.
a little/many/some/any more
Can I have a little more time to finish?
Are there any more sandwiches?
I have no more questions.
more of
You'd better take some more of your medicine.
Don't waste any more of my time.
3.) more and more
an increasing number or amount
less and less
More and more people are moving to the cities.
4.) not/no more than sth
used to emphasize that a particular number, amount, distance etc is not large
It's a beautiful cottage not more than five minutes from the nearest beach.
Opinion polls show that no more than 30% of people trust the government.
5.) the more ..., the more/less ...
used to say that if an amount of something increases, another change happens as a result
It always seems like the more I earn, the more I spend.
6.) be more of sth than sth
to be one thing rather than another
It was more of a holiday than a training exercise.
7.) no more than
a) used to say that something is not too much, but exactly right or suitable
It's no more than you deserve.
Eline felt it was no more than her duty to look after her husband.
b) also little more than
used to say that someone or something is not very great or important
He's no more than a glorified accountant.
He left school with little more than a basic education.
8.) (and) what's more
used to add more information that emphasizes what you are saying
I've been fortunate to find a career that I love and, what is more, I get well paid for it.
9.) no more sth
used to say that something will or should no longer happen
No more dreary winters - we're moving to Florida.
more's the pity atpity1 (4)

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