Less vs. Least

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  • Less (adverb)

    To a smaller extent.

  • Less (adverb)

    In lower degree.

    "This is a less bad solution than I thought possible."

  • Less (adjective)

    ; smaller, lesser. from 11th c.

  • Less (adjective)

    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."

  • Less (adjective)

    comparative of few: fewer; a smaller number of. from 9th c.

  • Less (preposition)

    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."

  • Less (verb)

    To make less; to lessen.

  • Less (conjunction)


  • Least (determiner)

    ; 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."

  • Least (adverb)

    Used for forming superlatives of adjectives, especially those that do not form the superlative by adding -est.

    "It was the least surprising thing."

  • Least (adverb)

    In the smallest or lowest degree; in a degree below all others.

    "to reward those who least deserve it"

  • Least (noun)

    Something of the smallest possible extent; an indivisible unit.

  • Less (conjunction)


  • Less (adjective)

    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.

  • Less (adverb)

    Not so much; in a smaller or lower degree; as, less bright or loud; less beautiful.

  • Less (noun)

    A smaller portion or quantity.

  • Less (noun)

    The inferior, younger, or smaller.

  • Less

    To make less; to lessen.

  • Least (adjective)

    Smallest, either in size or degree; shortest; lowest; most unimportant; as, the least insect; the least mercy; the least space.

  • Least (adverb)

    In the smallest or lowest degree; in a degree below all others; as, to reward those who least deserve it.

  • Least (conjunction)

    See Lest, conj.

Webster Dictionary
  • Less (adjective)

    (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"

  • Less (adjective)

    (usually preceded by `no') lower in quality;

    "no less than perfect"

  • Less (adjective)

    (usually preceded by `no') lower in esteem;

    "no less a person than the king himself"

  • Less (adjective)

    (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"

  • Less (adverb)

    used to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbs;

    "less interesting"

    "less expensive"

    "less quickly"

  • Less (adverb)

    comparative of little;

    "she walks less than she should"

    "he works less these days"

  • Least (adjective)

    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"

  • Least (adjective)

    minimal in magnitude;

    "lowest wages"

    "the least amount of fat allowed"

    "the smallest amount"

  • Least (adjective)

    having or being distinguished by diminutive size;

    "the least bittern"

  • Least (adverb)

    used to form the superlative;

    "The garter snake is the least dangerous snake"

Princeton's WordNet

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