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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. 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.
  11. Not so much; in a smaller or lower degree; as, less bright or loud; less beautiful.
  12. A smaller portion or quantity.
  13. The inferior, younger, or smaller.
  14. To make less; to lessen.
  15. Comparative of little; not so much; smaller; made smaller by taking away; as, ten less seven.
  16. In a smaller or lower degree.
  17. A smaller quantity; a suffix meaning without; as, worthless, etc.
  18. ( serves as comp. of LITTLE), Diminished: smaller.
  19. Not so much: in a lower degree.
  20. A smaller portion: ( B.) the inferior or younger.
  21. A smaller portion; the younger or inferior.
  22. In a smaller degree.
  23. Smaller; not so large.
  24. Smaller; inferior.
  25. In inferior or smaller degree; not so much.
  26. A termination expressing deprivation or destitution, often equivalent to " without"; as, harmless.
  27. Comparative of Little; smaller; not so large or great.
  28. Not so much; a smaller portion; the inferior or younger.
  29. Comp. of little; smaller; not so large or great.
  30. Not so much; in a smaller or lower degree.
  31. The inferior; a smaller portion.
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Quotes of less

  1. Well, isn't Bohemia a place where everyone is as good as everyone else- and must not a waiter be a little less than a waiter to be a good Bohemian? – Djuna Barnes
  2. I believe in the Wal -Mart school of business. The less people pay, the more they enjoy it. – Garth Brooks
  3. Most of the victims of Nazi aggression were before the war less well off than Germany. They should not be expected by Germany to bear, unaided, the major costs of Nazi aggression. – James F. Byrnes
  4. As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do. – Andrew Carnegie
  5. Nor ought a genius less than his that writ attempt translation. – John Denham
  6. I have time to breathe, time to be myself more often, I am a lot more relaxed and less guarded. – Cathy Freeman
  7. The more wit the less courage. – Thomas Fuller
  8. I really think we should pass a law in every state, I don't care whether it takes the independence away from an old person or not. You shouldn't be driving a car if you're over the age of 80. Maybe even less than that. – Evel Knievel
  9. I just wish the crowd I was associated with was more passionate about what they were doing and less consumed with the commerce of the art form. – Shia LaBeouf
  10. I haven't reported my missing credit card to the police because whoever stole it is spending less than my wife. – Ilie Nastase
  11. The omission of good is no less reprehensible than the commission of evil. – Plutarch
  12. Then hast our the Red Stone perfect with less labour, expense of time and costs, for the which ever thank God. – George Ripley
  13. Each race( or variety) is characterized by a more or less distinct combination of inherited morphological, behavioral, physiological traits. – J. Philippe Rushton
  14. It is the dissimilarities and inequalities among men which give rise to the notion of honor; as such differences become less it grows feeble; and when they disappear, it will vanish too. – Alexis de Tocqueville
  15. Still seems it strange, that thou shouldst live forever? Is it less strange, that thou shouldst live at all? This is a miracle; and that no more. – Edward Young

Usage examples for less

  1. But now that you are able to sit up, you will need me less – The Obstacle Race by Ethel M. Dell
  2. We can get him for less – Comrade Yetta by Albert Edwards
  3. The less one has to do with it the better. – Donal Grant by George MacDonald
  4. They won their blessing, but not the less it was His free gift. – The Gospel According to St. Mark by G. A. Chadwick
  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. But it seems to me that the less said about it the better. – Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope
  7. 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
  8. And yet I'm less I'm only half-" It was then her hand came out to him. – Son of Power by Will Levington Comfort and Zamin Ki Dost
  9. What can it matter, Bijou, dear, whether I am a little more or less rich? – Bijou by Gyp
  10. I should stay if I loved you less – Don Orsino by F. Marion Crawford
  11. Perhaps a little less – The Ship of Stars by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  12. You couldn't expect nothing less – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  13. Very likely, but I was there none the less – The Midnight Queen by May Agnes Fleming
  14. " It would seem, madame, that he was much less happy than you like to think. – Monsieur Cherami by Charles Paul de Kock
  15. However,- she will have little to say, and still less to do with to- day's business. – Temporal Power by Marie Corelli
  16. " There would be less difference in age," he said. – The Clever Woman of the Family by Charlotte M. Yonge
  17. Be true, and make your fault less – The Maids Tragedy by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
  18. I understood more or less what she felt. – Gossamer 1915 by George A. Birmingham
  19. 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
  20. And that being the case, the less said the better. – Simon by J. Storer Clouston

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