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English definition of “small”


adjective [-er/-est only] (LESS)   /smɔl/
not big ; less in size or amount than is average : a small business small lunches He’s small for his age . Those jackets come in small, medium , and large sizes . Small (abbreviation S) is a size of clothing or other product that is smaller than average : Those sweaters are available in small, medium , and large ( sizes ). small of your back The small of your back is the back below the waist where it curves in slightly .
(Definition of small adjective (LESS) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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