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  1. noun English statesman who opposed Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon and was imprisoned and beheaded; recalled for his concept of Utopia, the ideal state
    Sir Thomas More; Thomas More.
  2. adjective (comparative of `much' used with mass nouns) a quantifier meaning greater in size or amount or extent or degree
    more than.
    • more land
    • more support
    • more rain fell
    • more than a gallon
  3. adjective (comparative of `many' used with count nouns) quantifier meaning greater in number
    • a hall with more seats
    • we have no more bananas
    • more than one
  4. adverb used to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbs
    to a greater extent.
    • more interesting
    • more beautiful
    • more quickly
  5. adverb comparative of much; to a greater degree or extent
    • he works more now
    • they eat more than they should

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AS. mor. See Moor a waste.
  1. A hill. Prov. Eng. Halliwell.
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AS. more, moru; akin to G. möhre carrot, OHG. moraha, morha.
  1. A root. Obs. Chaucer.
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OE. more, mare, and (orig. neut. and adv.) mo, ma, AS. mara, and (as neut. and adv.) ma; akin to D. meer, OS. mer, G. mehr, OHG. mero, mer, 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. Cf. Most, uch, Major.
Positive wanting; superlative Most
  1. Greater; superior; increased; as: (a) Greater in quality, amount, degree, quality, and the like; with the singular.
    He gat more money. Chaucer.
    If we procure not to ourselves more woe. Milton.
    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.
    Whilst sisters nine, which dwell on Parnasse height, Do make them music for their more delight. Spenser.
    The more part knew not wherefore they were come together. Acts xix. 32.
    Wrong not that wrong with a more contempt. Shak.
    (b) Greater in number; exceeding in numbers; -- with the plural.
    The people of the children of Israel are more and mighter than we. Ex. i. 9.
  2. Additional; other; as, he wept because there were no more words to conquer.
    With open arms received one poet more. Pope.
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  1. A greater quantity, amount, or number; that which exceeds or surpasses in any way what it is compared with.
    And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less. Ex. xvi. 17.
  2. That which is in addition; something other and further; an additional or greater amount.
    They that would have more and more can never have enough. L'Estrange.
    O! That pang where more than madness lies. Byron.
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  1. In a greater quantity; in or to a greater extent or degree. (a) With a verb or participle.
    Admiring more The riches of Heaven's pavement. Milton.
    (b) With an adjective or adverb (instead of the suffix -er) to form the comparative degree; as, more durable; more active; more sweetly.
    Happy here, and more happy hereafter. Bacon.
    ✍ Double comparatives were common among writers of the Elizabeth period, and for some time later; as, more brighter; more dearer.
    The duke of Milan And his more braver daughter. Shak.
  2. In addition; further; besides; again.
    Yet once more, Oye laurels, and once more, Ye myrtles brown, with ivy never sere, I come to pluck your berries harsh and crude. Milton.
    Those oracles which set the world in flames, Nor ceased to burn till kingdoms were no more. Byron.
More transitive verb
  1. To make more; to increase. Obs. Gower.

Webster 1913