- more1 W1S1 [mo: US mo:r] adv1.) [used before an adjective or adverb to form the comparative]having a particular quality to a greater degree▪ 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▪ 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▪ 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 moreused to say that a quality, situation etc gradually increases= ↑increasingly▪ 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 lessalmost▪ 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 morea) 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 literaryif 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 etcvery 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 sthto be one thing rather than another▪ It was more a worry than a pleasure.11.) more than a littleformal fairly▪ The lectures were more than a little disappointing.12.) no more does/has/will etc sbspoken old-fashioned used to say that a negative statement is also true about someone else▪ 'She didn't know the reason for his leaving.' 'No more do I (=neither do I) .'13.) no more ... thanused 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 at ↑often→more fool you/him etc at ↑fool1 (7)→that's more like it/this is more like it at ↑like1 (11)▬▬▬▬▬▬▬HINT sense 1Do 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 2more2 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▪ 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 morean increasing number or amount≠ less and less▪ More and more people are moving to the cities.4.) not/no more than sthused 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 sthto be one thing rather than another▪ It was more of a holiday than a training exercise.7.) no more thana) 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 thanused 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 moreused 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 sthused to say that something will or should no longer happen▪ No more dreary winters - we're moving to Florida.→more's the pity at ↑pity1 (4)
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.