Less meaning

lĕs
Less is defined as minus.

An example of less used as a preposition is in the sentence, "Ten less seven is three," which means ten minus seven is three.

preposition
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5
Less is defined as to a smaller degree or amount.

An example of less used as an adverb is in the sentence, "The shrimp is less tasty than the crab," which means that the crab tastes better.

adverb
6
1
Lower in importance, esteem, or rank.

No less a person than the ambassador.

adjective
5
0
Not as great in amount or quantity.

Had less time to spend with the family.

adjective
3
1
Without, lacking.

Pitiless, valueless.

affix
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0
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adjective
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Not so much; smaller in size or amount.

To drink less milk, take less time.

adjective
1
0
Fewer.

In less than 25 words.

adjective
1
0
adverb
1
0
To a smaller extent.

Less likely to succeed.

adverb
1
0
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A smaller amount.
noun
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0
With the deduction of; minus.

Earned about $5,000, less taxes; thirty less ten is twenty.

preposition
1
0
Not able or apt to.

Relentless, tireless, reckless.

affix
1
0
To smaller extent.
adverb
1
0
In lower degree.

This is a less bad solution than I thought possible.

adverb
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0
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1
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(now archaic except with numbers) Comparative form of little: more little; smaller. [from 11th c.]
adjective
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A smaller amount (of); not as much. [from 14th c.]

I have less than you have; I have less tea than coffee.

adjective
1
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(proscribed) A smaller number of; fewer. [from 9th c.]
adjective
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0
Minus; not including.

It should then tax all of that as personal income, less the proportion of the car's annual mileage demonstrably clocked up on company business.

preposition
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(obsolete) To make less; to lessen.

verb
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(obsolete) Unless.

conjunction
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Lacking (something); without (something).
suffix
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The definition of less is not as much.

An example of less used as an adjective is in the sentence, "She has less money than he does," which means that she does not have as much money as he does.

adjective
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1
Less means a smaller amount or something not as important.

An example of less used as a noun is in the sentence, "She used less than he did," which means she used a smaller amount that he did.

noun
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2
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A smaller amount.

She received less than she asked for.

noun
1
2
With the deduction of; minus.

Five less two is three.

preposition
0
1
To a smaller extent, degree, or frequency.

Less happy; less expensive.

adverb
0
1
Something not as important as something else.

People have been punished for less.

noun
0
1
Without; lacking.

Blameless.

suffix
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1
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Unable to act or be acted on in a specified way.

Dauntless.

suffix
0
1
Not able or apt to be ____ed.

Dauntless.

affix
0
1
Consisting of a smaller number.
adjective
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2
less than
  • Not at all:
    He had a less than favorable view of the matter.
idiom
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much
  • Certainly not:
    I'm not blaming anyone, much less you.
idiom
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0
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less and less
  • to a decreasing degree; decreasingly
idiom
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much less
  • to an even smaller degree or extent
    She won't even talk to him, much less work with him.
idiom
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0
no less
  • phrase used to express mild surprise at the high degree or quality of something or someone
    She was an actual princess, no less.
idiom
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0
no less than
  • phrase used to introduce someone or something of some importance or significance
    no less a dignitary than the governor himself led the parade.
idiom
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0

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of less

  • ME -les, -leas < OE -leas < leas, free, loose, akin to losian, lose

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Middle English lesse from Old English lǣssa (adj.) lǣs (adv.) leis-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English -lesse from Old English -lēas from lēas without leu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English -lÄ“as, from lÄ“as (“devoid of"), from Proto-Germanic *lausaz. (Not related to less, which derives from *laisiz, *laisizô.) Cognate to German los, -los.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English, from Old English læs, from Proto-Germanic *laisiz.

    From Wiktionary