To a smaller extent.
In lower degree.
"This is a less bad solution than I thought possible."
; smaller, lesser. from 11th c.
comparative of little: a smaller amount (of); not as much. from 14th c.
"I have less than you have."
"I have less tea than coffee."
comparative of few: fewer; a smaller number of. from 9th c.
Minus; not including
"It should then tax all of that as personal income, less the proportion of the car's annual mileage demonstrably clocked up on company business."
To make less; to lessen.
; the smallest amount of [something uncountable].
"He earns the least money in his family."
"Of all the sisters, she has the least patience."
"can only afford to pay the least of the bills."
Used for forming superlatives of adjectives, especially those that do not form the superlative by adding -est.
"It was the least surprising thing."
In the smallest or lowest degree; in a degree below all others.
"to reward those who least deserve it"
Something of the smallest possible extent; an indivisible unit.
Smaller; not so large or great; not so much; shorter; inferior; as, a less quantity or number; a horse of less size or value; in less time than before.
Not so much; in a smaller or lower degree; as, less bright or loud; less beautiful.
A smaller portion or quantity.
The inferior, younger, or smaller.
To make less; to lessen.
Smallest, either in size or degree; shortest; lowest; most unimportant; as, the least insect; the least mercy; the least space.
In the smallest or lowest degree; in a degree below all others; as, to reward those who least deserve it.
See Lest, conj.
(comparative of `little' usually used with mass nouns) a quantifier meaning not as great in amount or degree;
"of less importance"
"less time to spend with the family"
"a shower uses less water"
"less than three years old"
(usually preceded by `no') lower in quality;
"no less than perfect"
(usually preceded by `no') lower in esteem;
"no less a person than the king himself"
(nonstandard in some uses but often idiomatic with measure phrases) fewer;
"less than three weeks"
"no less than 50 people attended"
"in 25 words or less"
used to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbs;
comparative of little;
"she walks less than she should"
"he works less these days"
the superlative of `little' that can be used with mass nouns and is usually preceded by `the'; a quantifier meaning smallest in amount or extent or degree;
"didn't care the least bit"
"he has the least talent of anyone"
minimal in magnitude;
"the least amount of fat allowed"
"the smallest amount"
having or being distinguished by diminutive size;
"the least bittern"
used to form the superlative;
"The garter snake is the least dangerous snake"
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