Definition of Less in English :

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Less meaning in English

Meaning of Less in English

Pronunciation of Less in English

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Less

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Adjective

1. less

(comparative of little' usually used with mass nouns) a quantifier meaning not as great in amount or degree

Example Sentences:
'of less importance'
'less time to spend with the family'
'a shower uses less water'
'less than three years old'

2. less

(usually preceded by no') lower in quality

Example Sentences:
'no less than perfect'

3. less

(nonstandard in some uses but often idiomatic with measure phrases) fewer

Example Sentences:
'less than three weeks'
'no less than 50 people attended'
'in 25 words or less'

Adverb

4. less, to a lesser extent

used to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbs

Example Sentences:
'less interesting'
'less expensive'
'less quickly'

5. less

comparative of little

Example Sentences:
'she walks less than she should'
'he works less these days'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


Less

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determiner
1. 
a.  the comparative of little (sense 1)
less sugar
less spirit than before
b. 
(as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural)
she has less than she needs
the less you eat, the less you want
2. (usually preceded by no)
lower in rank or importance
no less a man than the president
St James the Less
3.  no less
4.  less of
adverb
5. 
the comparative of little (sense 1)
she walks less than she should
less quickly
less beautiful
6.  much less
7.  think less of
preposition
8. 
subtracting; minus
three weeks less a day

Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers


Less

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adjective
1.  alt. compar. of
little
2. 
not so much; smaller in size or amount
to drink less milk, take less time
3. 
fewer
in less than 25 words
adverb
4.  compar. of
little
5. 
to a smaller extent
less likely to succeed
noun
6. 
a smaller amount
preposition
7. 
with the deduction of; minus
about $5,000, less taxes; thirty less ten is twenty

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


Less

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suff.
1. Without; lacking: blameless.
2. Unable to act or be acted on in a specified way: dauntless.
adj. A comparative of little.
1. Not as great in amount or quantity: had less time to spend with the family.
2. Lower in importance, esteem, or rank: no less a person than the ambassador.
3. Consisting of a smaller number.
prep.
With the deduction of; minus: Five less two is three.
adv. Comparative of little.
To a smaller extent, degree, or frequency: less happy; less expensive.
n.
1. A smaller amount: She received less than she asked for.
2. Something not as important as something else: People have been punished for less.

The American Heritage ® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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