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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Much \Much\ (m[u^]ch), a. [Compar. & superl. wanting, but
   supplied by More (m[=o]r), and Most (m[=o]st), from
   another root.] [OE. moche, muche, miche, prob. the same as
   mochel, muchel, michel, mikel, fr. AS. micel, mycel; cf. Gr.
   me`gas, fem. mega`lh, great, and Icel. mj["o]k, adv., much.
   [root]103. See Mickle.]
   1. Great in quantity; long in duration; as, much rain has
      fallen; much time.
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            Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and
            shalt gather but little in.           --Deut.
                                                  xxviii. 38.
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   2. Many in number. [Archaic]
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            Edom came out against him with much people. --Num.
                                                  xx. 20.
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   3. High in rank or position. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Most \Most\ (m[=o]st), a., superl. of More. [OE. most, mast,
   mest, AS. m[=ae]st; akin to D. meest, OS. m[=e]st, G. meist,
   Icel. mestr, Goth. maists; a superl. corresponding to E.
   more. [root]103. See More, a.]
   1. Consisting of the greatest number or quantity; greater in
      number or quantity than all the rest; nearly all. "Most
      men will proclaim every one his own goodness." --Prov. xx.
      6.
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            The cities wherein most of his mighty works were
            done.                                 --Matt. xi.
                                                  20.
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   2. Greatest in degree; as, he has the most need of it. "In
      the moste pride." --Chaucer.
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   3. Highest in rank; greatest. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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   Note: Most is used as a noun, the words part, portion,
         quantity, etc., being omitted, and has the following
         meanings: 1. The greatest value, number, or part;
         preponderating portion; highest or chief part. 2. The
         utmost; greatest possible amount, degree, or result;
         especially in the phrases to make the most of, at the
         most, at most.
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               A quarter of a year or some months at the most.
                                                  --Bacon.
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               A covetous man makes the most of what he has.
                                                  --L'Estrange.
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   For the most part, in reference to the larger part of a
      thing, or to the majority of the persons, instances, or
      things referred to; as, human beings, for the most part,
      are superstitious; the view, for the most part, was
      pleasing.

   Most an end, generally. See An end, under End, n.
      [Obs.] "She sleeps most an end." --Massinger.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Most \Most\, adv. [AS. m[=ae]st. See Most, a.]
   In the greatest or highest degree.
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         Those nearest to this king, and most his favorites,
         were courtiers and prelates.             --Milton.
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   Note: Placed before an adjective or adverb, most is used to
         form the superlative degree, being equivalent to the
         termination -est; as, most vile, most wicked; most
         illustrious; most rapidly. Formerly, and until after
         the Elizabethan period of our literature, the use of
         the double superlative was common. See More, adv.
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               The most unkindest cut of all.     --Shak.
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               The most straitest sect of our religion. --Acts
                                                  xxvi. 5.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

More \More\, a., compar. [Positive wanting; superl. Most
   (m[=o]st).] [OE. more, mare, and (orig. neut. and adv.) mo,
   ma, AS. m[=a]ra, and (as neut. and adv.) m[=a]; akin to D.
   meer, OS. m[=e]r, G. mehr, OHG. m[=e]ro, m[=e]r, Icel. meiri,
   meirr, Dan. meere, meer, Sw. mera, mer, Goth. maiza, a.,
   mais, adv., and perh. to L. major greater, compar. of magnus
   great, and magis, adv., more. [root]103. Cf. Most, uch,
   Major.]
   1. Greater; superior; increased; as:
      (a) Greater in quality, amount, degree, quality, and the
          like; with the singular.
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                He gat more money.                --Chaucer.
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                If we procure not to ourselves more woe.
                                                  --Milton.
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   Note: More, in this sense, was formerly used in connection
         with some other qualifying word, -- a, the, this,
         their, etc., -- which now requires the substitution of
         greater, further, or the like, for more.
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               Whilst sisters nine, which dwell on Parnasse
               height,
               Do make them music for their more delight.
                                                  --Spenser.
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               The more part knew not wherefore they were come
               together.                          --Acts xix.
                                                  32.
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               Wrong not that wrong with a more contempt.
                                                  --Shak.
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      (b) Greater in number; exceeding in numbers; -- with the
          plural.
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                The people of the children of Israel are more
                and mightier than we.             --Ex. i. 9.
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   2. Additional; other; as, he wept because there were no more
      worlds to conquer.
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            With open arms received one poet more. --Pope.
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