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Definitions of less

  1. ( usually preceded by ` no') lower in quality; " no less than perfect"
  2. used to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbs; " less interesting"; " less expensive"; " less quickly"
  3. comparative of little; " she walks less than she should"; " he works less these days"
  4. ( 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"
  5. ( 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"
  6. ( 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"
  7. ( 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"
  8. ( usually preceded by ` no') lower in esteem; " no less a person than the king himself"
  9. Unless.
  10. Not so much; in a smaller or lower degree; as, less bright or loud; less beautiful.
  11. A smaller portion or quantity.
  12. The inferior, younger, or smaller.
  13. To make less; to lessen.
  14. Comparative of little; not so much; smaller; made smaller by taking away; as, ten less seven.
  15. In a smaller or lower degree.
  16. A smaller quantity; a suffix meaning without; as, worthless, etc.
  17. ( serves as comp. of LITTLE), Diminished: smaller.
  18. Not so much: in a lower degree.
  19. A smaller portion: ( B.) the inferior or younger.
  20. A smaller portion; the younger or inferior.
  21. In a smaller degree.
  22. Smaller; not so large.
  23. Smaller; inferior.
  24. In inferior or smaller degree; not so much.
  25. A termination expressing deprivation or destitution, often equivalent to " without"; as, harmless.
  26. Comparative of Little; smaller; not so large or great.
  27. Not so much; a smaller portion; the inferior or younger.
  28. Comp. of little; smaller; not so large or great.
  29. Not so much; in a smaller or lower degree.
  30. The inferior; a smaller portion.

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
  3. But now that you are able to sit up, you will need me less. – The Obstacle Race by Ethel M. Dell
  4. I should stay if I loved you less. – Don Orsino by F. Marion Crawford
  5. If there is no such life, none the less we need it, and so need salvation. – The Sources Of Religious Insight by Josiah Royce
  6. I had learned that the more you look your part the less you have to act. – Memoirs of an American Prima Donna by Clara Louise Kellogg
  7. What can it matter, Bijou, dear, whether I am a little more or less rich? – Bijou by Gyp
  8. You couldn't expect nothing less. – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  9. Be true, and make your fault less. – The Maids Tragedy by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
  10. Perhaps a little less. – The Ship of Stars by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  11. But it seems to me that the less said about it the better. – Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope
  12. However,- she will have little to say, and still less to do with to- day's business. – Temporal Power by Marie Corelli
  13. " There would be less difference in age," he said. – The Clever Woman of the Family by Charlotte M. Yonge
  14. Still- Still they have disappeared, none the less; and your father is probably the last man in the world to tell us how and where they have disappeared. – The Clique of Gold by Emile Gaboriau
  15. And that being the case, the less said the better. – Simon by J. Storer Clouston
  16. We can get him for less." – Comrade Yetta by Albert Edwards
  17. They won their blessing, but not the less it was His free gift. – The Gospel According to St. Mark by G. A. Chadwick
  18. The less one has to do with it the better. – Donal Grant by George MacDonald
  19. " It would seem, madame, that he was much less happy than you like to think. – Monsieur Cherami by Charles Paul de Kock
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