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"Business" was much more of a world commonwealth than the political organisations.

- The New World Order by H.G. Wells

The word "of" confuses me. According to the Cambridge dictionary, the "of" has several meanings and I can not fit any of them into this sentence:

  • possession
  • made of or consisting of
  • about, relating to

I have two versions of this sentence:

  1. Business can unify the world better than political organisations (can be a better commonwealth)
  2. Business is a world commonwealth rather than political organisation.

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"Business" was much more of a world commonwealth than the political organisations.

I would say the meaning of "made of or consisting of" applies here. "Business" is made of more of what a world commonwealth consists of than the political organisations.

"Mike Tyson was much more of a figher than the person I just passed by."

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