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English definition of “less”

less

adjective, adverb  /les/ us  

less adjective, adverb (SMALLER AMOUNT)

a smaller amount of something, to a smaller degree, or not as much; comparative oflittle : We’ve got to spend less money. It was less than a mile to the nearest gas station. She had less reason to complain than I. Skiing conditions this year are less than ideal (= not good). There were no less than (= as many as) a thousand people buying tickets.

less

preposition  /les/ us  

less preposition (SUBTRACT)

minus ; after subtracting: $30, less the discount of 15%, is $25.50.
(Definition of less from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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