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Definitions of less

  1. To make less; to lessen. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. A termination expressing deprivation or destitution, often equivalent to "without"; as, harmless. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. A smaller portion or quantity. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The inferior, younger, or smaller. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A smaller quantity; a suffix meaning without; as, worthless, etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. A smaller portion: (B.) the inferior or younger. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. A smaller portion; the younger or inferior. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. Not so much; a smaller portion; the inferior or younger. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. The inferior; a smaller portion. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. Unless. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. used to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbs; "less interesting"; "less expensive"; "less quickly" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. comparative of little; "she walks less than she should"; "he works less these days" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. Not so much; in a smaller or lower degree; as, less bright or loud; less beautiful. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Not so much: in a lower degree. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. In inferior or smaller degree; not so much. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. (usually preceded by `no') lower in quality; "no less than perfect" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. (nonstandard in some uses but often idiomatic with measure phrases; `we had less apples' is not acceptable) fewer; "less than three weeks"; "no less than 50 people attended"; "in 25 words or less" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. (comparative of `little' usually used with mass nouns) 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. (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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  20. (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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  21. (usually preceded by `no') lower in esteem; "no less a person than the king himself" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  22. Comparative of little; not so much; smaller; made smaller by taking away; as, ten less seven. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  23. (serves as comp. of LITTLE), Diminished: smaller. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  24. In a smaller degree. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  25. Smaller; not so large. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  26. Smaller; inferior. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. Comp. of little; smaller; not so large or great. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  28. Not so much; in a smaller or lower degree. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for less

  1. I understood more or less what she felt. – Gossamer 1915 by George A. Birmingham
  2. Very likely, but I was there none the less – The Midnight Queen by May Agnes Fleming
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