most [məʊst]
superlative of many ; of much
1. adjective
   a. ( = greatest in amount) the most le plus (de)
• he earns the most money c'est lui qui gagne le plus d'argent
• who has got the most? qui en a le plus ?
• at the very most tout au plus
► to make the most of [+ one's time] bien employer ; [+ opportunity, sb's absence] profiter (au maximum) de ; [+ one's talents, business offer] tirer le meilleur parti de ; [+ one's resources] utiliser au mieux
• make the most of it! profitez-en bien !
• to make the most of o.s. se mettre en valeur
   b. ( = largest part) la plus grande partie (de) ; ( = greatest number) la plupart (de)
• most people la plupart des gens
• most of the money la majeure partie de l'argent
• most of them la plupart d'entre eux
• most of the day la majeure partie de la journée
• most of the time la plupart du temps
• for the most part pour la plupart
2. adverb
   a. (forming superl of adjs and advs) the most le plus
• the most intelligent boy le garçon le plus intelligent
• he talked most c'est lui qui a parlé le plus
• what he wants most of all ce qu'il désire par-dessus tout
   b. ( = very) très
• most likely très probablement
• it's a most useful gadget c'est un gadget des plus utiles
   c. (US) ( = almost) (inf) presque
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Note: When used to form the superlative of adjectives most is translated by le plus or la plus depending on the gender of the noun and by les plus with plural noun: the most beautiful woman in the room = la plus belle femme de la pièce; the most expensive hotel in Paris = l'hôtel le plus cher de Paris; the most difficult problems = les problèmes les plus difficiles. For examples and further uses see the entry below
[məʊst] 1.
1) (the majority of, nearly all) la plupart de

most people — la plupart des gens

2) (superlative: more than all the others) le plus de

she got the most votes/money — c'est elle qui a obtenu le plus de voix/d'argent

1) (the greatest number) la plupart (of de); (the largest part) la plus grande partie (of de)

most of the time — la plupart du temps

most of us — la plupart d'entre nous

most of the money — la plus grande partie de l'argent

for most of the day — pendant la plus grande partie de la journée

most of the bread — presque tout le pain

most agreed — la plupart étaient d'accord

2) (the maximum)

the most you can expect is... — tout ce que tu peux espérer c'est...

the most I can do is... — tout ce que je peux faire, c'est..., le mieux que je puisse faire, c'est...

3) (more than all the others) le plus

John has got the most — c'est John qui en a le plus

1) (used to form superlative)

the most beautiful château in France — le plus beau château de France

most easily — le plus facilement

2) (very) très, extrêmement

most encouraging — très or extrêmement encourageant

most probably — très vraisemblablement

3) (more than all the rest) le plus

what most annoyed him ou what annoyed him most (of all) was — ce qui l'ennuyait le plus c'était que

those who will suffer most — ceux qui souffriront le plus

4) (colloq) US (almost) presque

most everyone — presque tout le monde

at (the) most adverbial phrase au maximum, au plus
for the most part adverbial phrase (most of them) pour la plupart; (most of the time) la plupart du temps; (basically) essentiellement, surtout

for the most part, they... — pour la plupart, ils...

for the most part he works in his office — la plupart du temps, il travaille dans son bureau

his experience is, for the most part, in publishing — son expérience est surtout or essentiellement dans l'édition

most of all adverbial phrase par-dessus tout

to make the most of — tirer le meilleur parti de [situation, resources, looks, rest, abilities, space]; profiter de [holiday, opportunity, good weather]

English-French dictionary. 2013.

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