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1 adverb
     
more1 S1 W1
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.
! 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).
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 [= 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 less

almost:
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:
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 something than something

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 somebody

spoken old-fashioned used to say that a negative statement is also true about someone else [= nor, 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

at often (5)

➔ more fool you/him etc

at fool1 (7)

➔ that's more like it/this is more like it

at like1 (11)

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