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More, adj. and adv. 1) greater: “her best is bettered with a m. delight,” Ven. 78. “to add a m. rejoicing to the prime,” Lucr. 332. for m. it is (my heaviness) “than I can well express,” Lucr. 332 “held back his sorrow's tide, to make it m.” Lucr. 332 “look for recompense m. than that tongue,” Sonn. 23, 12. thy (time's) “records and what we see doth lie, made m. or less by thy continual haste,” 123, 12. “to make thy large Will m.” 135, 12. “thy might is m. than my defence can bide,” 139, 8. “my rejoicing at nothing can be m.” Tp. III, 1, 94. “a thousand m. mischances than this one have learned me how to brook this patiently,” Gent. V, 3, 3. “your mettle is the m.” Meas. III, 2, 80. “if your knowledge be m. it is much darkened in your malice,” Meas. III, 2, 80 “had I m. name for badness,” V, 59. “why should their liberty than ours be m.?” Err. II, 1, 10. “with a m. contempt,” II, 2, 174. “the m. my spite,” IV, 2, 8. “my love is m. than his,” Mids. I, 1, 100. “I desire your m. acquaintance,” III, 1, 200. “the m. my wrong, the m. his spite appears,” Shr. IV, 3, 2. “my reason haply m.” V, 2, 171. “of that and all the progress, m. or less, resolvedly m. leisure shall express,” All's V, 3, 331. “I hold it the m. knavery to conceal it,” Wint. IV, 4, 697. “so much the m. our carver's excellence,” V, 3, 30. “to make a m. requital to your love,” John II, 34. “make less thy body hence, and m. thy grace,” H4B V, 5, 56. “on his m. advice,” H5 II, 2, 43. “a proof of strength she could not publish m.” Troil. V, 2, 113. “for your voices I have done many things, some less, some m.” Cor. II, 3, 137. “it is my m. dishonour,” III, 2, 124. “the m. is my unrest,” Rom. I, 5, 122. “that thy skill be m. to blazon it,” II, 6, 25. “without debatement further, m. or less,” Hml. V, 2, 45. “so tell him, with the occurrents, m. and less, which have solicited,” Hml. V, 2, 45 “priests are m. in word than matter,” Lr. III, 2, 81. “I am no less in blood than thou; if m. . . .” V, 3, 168. “give me a m. content,” Per. III, 2, 39. Substantively: m. and less == the great and small, high and low: “both grace and faults are loved of m. and less,” Sonn. 96, 3. “the m. and less came in with cap and knee,” H4A IV, 3, 68. “m. and less do flock to follow him,” H4B I, 1, 209. “both m. and less have given him the revolt,” Mcb. V, 4, 12.
2) a greater thing, a greater quantity, amount, or degree (the Lat. plus): “by hoping m. they have but less,” Lucr. 137. “that tongue that m. hath m. expressed,” Sonn. 23, 12. “what hast thou then m. than thou hadst before?” 40, 2. “m. to know did never meddle with my thoughts,” Tp. I, 2, 21. “here have I made thee m. profit than other princess can,” Tp. I, 2, 21 “deserved m. than a prison,” Tp. I, 2, 21 “that's m. to me than my wetting,” IV, 211. “three thousand dollars. Ay, and m.” Meas. I, 2, 51. “he's m.” V, 58. “these informal women are no m. but instruments,” V, 58 “it is no m., but that your daughter desires this ring,” All's III, 7, 30. “be prosperous in m. than this deed does require,” Wint. II, 3, 190. I'll make it (the gold) “as much m.” IV, 4, 838. “shall m. suffer,” Mcb. IV, 3, 48. “did these bones cost no m. the breeding, but to play at loggats with 'em?” Hml. V, 1, 100 etc. etc. “we are bctrothed, nay, m., our marriage-hour determined of,” Gent. II, 4, 179. “to admit no traffic to our adverse towns, nay, m., if any . . . .” Err. I, 1, 16 etc. “her m. than haste is mated with delays,” Ven. 909. “with m. than admiration he admired,” Lucr. 418. “at Ardea to my lord with m. than haste,” Lucr. 418 “speed m. than speed but dull and slow she deems,” Lucr. 418 Adjectively: “m. beauty,” Ven. 70. “m. rage,” Ven. 70 “there's m. work,” Tp. I, 2, 238. “is there m. toil?” Tp. I, 2, 238 “at our m. leisure,” Meas. I, 3, 49. “at m. time,” Mcb. I, 3, 153 etc. etc.
3) a greater number (Lat. plures): thou hadst, and m. (than five women) Tp. I, 2, 48. “m. widows,” II, 1, 133. “nor have I seen m. that I may call men,” III, 1, 51. “here is m. of us,” V, 216. “m. reasons,” Meas. I, 3, 48. “charges she m. than me?” V, 200. “have m. vices,” Mcb. IV, 3, 47 etc.
4) something additional: “all mine was thine before thou hadst this m.” Sonn. 40, 4. “I'll no m. of you,” Tw. I, 5, 45. “we need no m. of your advice,” Wint. II, 1, 168. “what he gets m. of her than sharp words,” Wiv. II, 1, 190. “we have but trivial argument, m. than mistrust, that shows him worthy death,” H6B III, 1, 242. “m., Domitius: my lord desires you,” Ant. III, 5, 21 (German: noch eins!). m. above == moreover, Hml. II, 2, 126. no m. == enough! “no m. of love,” Ven. 185. “peace; no m.” John IV, 1, 127. “silence; no m.” John IV, 1, 127 “no m. of stay! to-morrow thou must go,” Gent. I, 3, 75. Adjectively, == further: “no m. amazement,” Tp. I, 2, 14. “here cease m. questions,” Tp. I, 2, 14 “we will not hand a rope m.” I, 1, 25. “there is no m. such shapes,” I, 2, 478. II, 2, 167. II, 2, 167 “without any m. talking,” II, 2, 167 “no m. evasion,” Meas. I, 1, 51. “no m. words,” III, 2, 218. “to trouble you with no m. suit,” Merch. I, 2, 112. “it is as easy for me to conquer the kingdom as to speak so much m. French,” H5 V, 2, 196. “I am all these three; and three times as much m.” LLL III, 48. “a French crown m.,” Meas. I, 2, 52 (== besides, moreover). After numerals: “once m.” Ven. 327. Ven. 327 Gent. I, 1, 53. II, 4, 118. III, 1, 366. Wiv. III, 5, 47. IV, 2, 172. Meas. I, 1, 73. Merch. II, 7, 36. II, 9, 35. As V, 4, 5. All's IV, 3, 276. Wint. IV, 4, 407. H5 III, 1, 1. H6C II, 3, 48. R3 III, 7, 91. H8 I, 4, 62. Cor. V, 3, 13. Tim. III, 4, 119. Ant. III, 13, 173 etc. “one word m.” Tp. I, 2, 449. Hml. III, 4, 180. “two things provided m.” Merch. IV, 1, 386. “two or three lords and ladies m.” Mids. IV, 2, 17. “six scotches m.” Ant. IV, 7, 10. “ten m.” Merch. IV, 1, 399. “forty m.” Meas. IV, 3, 20. “a hundred thousand m.” LLL II, 135. “thousands m.” H6B III, 1, 152. “five m. Sir Johns,” H4B II, 4, 6. “let two m. summers wither,” Rom. I, 2, 10 etc. Adverbially, == again, further, in continuance: “what follows m. she murders with a kiss,” Ven. 54. “if thou m. murmurest,” Tp. I, 2, 294. Oftenest no m. == no longer, the contrary of “not yet:” Tp. I, 2, 388. II, 2, 44. II, 2, 44 IV, 100. Gent. I, 3, 14. Err. I, 1, 3. LLL III, 119 etc.
5) to a greater degree (Lat. magis): “never did passenger m. thirst,” Ven. 92. “none that I m. love than myself,” Tp. I, 1, 22. Gent. I, 1, 24. Gent. I, 1, 24 H6A IV, 1, 154. Cor. I, 6, 26. Mcb. IV, 3, 48 etc. etc. “m. and m.” Mids. III, 2, 128. the m.: “her woes the m. increasing,” Ven. 254. “the m. thou hast wronged me,” Lr. V, 3, 168. “by so much the m.” As V, 2, 49. “so much the m.” H8 II, 3, 12. m. == the m.: “m. villain thou,” As III, 1, 15. no m. == as little: “you are not young; no m. am I,” Wiv. II, 1, 7 etc. and == as much, where no less would have been expected: “know you not, master, to some kind of men their graces serve them but as enemies? No m. do yours,” As II, 3, 12. “or were you both our mothers, I care no m. for than I do for heaven, so I were not his sister,” All's I, 3, 170 (a passage much corrected by M. Edd.).
Used to form the comparative degree: Ven. 9. Ven. 9 Tp. I, 2, 202. Tp. I, 2, 202 Tp. I, 2, 202 II, 1, 219. III, 1, 8. III, 3, 32. IV, 53. IV, 53 Gent. II, 1, 134. Meas. IV, 2, 149. Err. II, 1, 20 etc. Before monosyllables: “m. white,” Ven. 10. “bright,” Sonn. 20, 5. “rich,” 29, 5. “weak,” 102, 1. “fresh,” Gent. V, 4, 115. “strict,” Meas. I, 4, 4. “fit,” II, 3, 14. “near,” All's I, 3, 110. “soon,” Tw. III, 1, 159. “oft,” III, 4, 3. “fast,” John IV, 2, 269. “deep,” IV, 3, 122. “great” H4A IV, 1, 77. “near,” R3 IV, 3, 49. “long,” Cor. V, 2, 71. “deep,” Rom. I, 3, 98. “fair,” II, 2, 6. “rich,” II, 6, 30. “light,” III, 5, 35. “strong,” Caes. III, 2, 189. “fell,” Oth. V, 2, 362. “sharp,” Cymb. I, 1, 131. “strong,” IV, 1, 11. “with m. tame a tongue,” Meas. II, 2, 46 (cf. A). Superfluously before comparatives: “m. better,” Tp. I, 2, 19. “m. braver,” Tp. I, 2, 19 “m. fitter,” Meas. II, 2, 17. “m. mightier,” V, 237. “m. fairer,” LLL IV, 1, 62. “m. better,” Mids. III, 1, 21. “m. elder,” Merch. IV, 1, 251. “m. sounder,” As III, 2, 62. “m. worthier,” III, 3, 60. “m. hotter,” All's IV, 5, 42. “m. fairer,” H4B IV, 5, 201. “m. sharper,” H5 III, 5, 39. “m. stronger,” H8 I, 1, 147. “m. softer,” Troil. II, 2, 11. “m. wider,” V, 2, 149. “m. worthier,” Cor. III, 1, 120. “m. proudlier,” IV, 7, 8. “m. kinder,” Tim. IV, 1, 36. “m. nearer,” Hml. II, 1, 11. “m. richer,” III, 2, 316. “m. rawer,” V, 2, 129. “m. richer,” Lr. I, 1, 80 (Ff ponderous). “m. worthier,” Lr. I, 1, 80 “m. corrupter,” II, 2, 108. II, 2, 108 “m. headier,” II, 4, 111. “m. harder,” III, 2, 64 (Qq. hard). “m. wider,” Oth. I, 3, 107 (Qq certain). “m. safer,” Oth. I, 3, 107 “m. nearer,” V, 2, 110. “m. larger,” Ant. III, 6, 76. “men become much m. the better for being a little bad,” Meas. V, 445. “I would have been much m. a fresher man,” Troil. V, 6, 20.
Used in two senses in juxtaposition: “that tongue that m. hath m. expressed,” Sonn. 23, 12. and m. m. strong (reasons) “I shall indue you with,” John IV, 2, 42. “and m. m. fearful is delivered,” Cor. IV, 6, 63. “if there be m. m. woeful, hold it in,” Lr. V, 3, 202. cf. “m., by all --s, than e'er I shall love wife,” Tw. V, 139.
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