Least meaning

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Lowest in importance or rank.
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To or in the lowest or smallest degree.
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One that is the lowest or smallest in importance, rank, magnitude, or degree.

The dinner menu is the least of my worries tonight. The least you can do is to be polite.

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Smallest or slightest in size, degree, importance, etc.

The least movement.

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

To reward those who least deserve it.

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The definition of least is the lowest in importance or the smallest of something.

An example of least is one penny being the lowest value U.S. coin; the least amount of value.

An example of least is someone doing the smallest amount of work necessary; the least necessary.

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Very small.

Least flycatcher.

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In the smallest degree.
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The smallest in size, amount, importance, etc.
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Superlative form of little: most little;The smallest amount of [something uncountable].

He earns the least money in his family. Of all the sisters, she has the least patience. I can only afford to pay the least of the bills.

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

It was the least surprising thing.

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at least
  • According to the lowest possible assessment; not less than:.
    We waited at least an hour.
  • Regardless of what has occurred or will occur; in any case:.
    You might at least answer the letter.
  • Used to emphasize a somewhat positive aspect following a negative one:.
    The results weren't encouraging, but at least they were accurate.
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in the least
  • At all:.
    I don't mind in the least.
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least of all
  • Particularly not:.
    Nobody cared, least of all the manager.
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at least
  • At the very lowest figure or amount; with no less.
  • At any rate; in any event; anyhow.
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not in the least
  • Not at all.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of least

  • Middle English from Old English lǣst leis-2 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition