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.
A det
1 (the majority of, nearly all) la plupart de ; most people/computers la plupart des gens/des ordinateurs ;
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 ; we had (the) most success/problems in China c'est en Chine qu'on a eu le plus de succès/de problèmes ; those with (the) most intelligence ceux qui sont les plus intelligents.
B pron
1 (the majority) la plupart (of de) ; most of the people/of the computers la plupart des gens/des ordinateurs ; most of you/us la plupart d'entre vous/nous ; most of the bread/wine presque tout le pain/vin ; most of the money la plus grosse part de l'argent ; for most of the day/evening pendant la plus grande partie de la journée/soirée ; most agreed la plupart étaient d'accord ; most were blue la plupart étaient bleus ;
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… ; what's the most we'll have to pay? au maximum, combien aurons-nous à payer? ;
3 (more than all the others) le plus ; John has got the most c'est John qui en a le plus.
C adv
1 (used to form superlative) the most beautiful château in France le plus beau château de France ; most easily le plus facilement ; the most beautifully written poetry de très beaux poèmes ; most interestingly (of all), he… le plus intéressant c'est qu'il… ;
2 (very) très, extrêmement ; most encouraging/amusing/odd très or extrêmement encourageant/amusant/bizarre ; 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 benefit/suffer most from… ceux qui profiteront/souffriront le plus de… ;
4 US (almost) presque ; most everyone presque tout le monde.
D at (the) most adv phr au maximum, au plus.
E for the most part adv phr (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 ; the book is, for the most part, about sex le livre parle essentiellement or surtout de sexe ; his experience is, for the most part, in publishing son expérience est surtout or essentiellement dans l'édition.
F most of all adv phr 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].

Big English-French dictionary. 2003.

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