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English definition of “at least”

at least

A2 as much as, or more than, a number or amount : It will cost at least $ 100 . It will be £200 at the very least. You'll have to wait at least an hour .Maximum and minimum B2 used to reduce the effect of a statement : I've met the president - at least, he shook my hand once . → See also leastwaysIntensifying expressions B1 used to emphasize that something is good in a bad situation : It's a small house but at least there's a garden .Connecting words which express a contrast B1 used to say that someone should do something small , even if they do nothing else : Even if she didn't want to send a present , she could at least have sent a card .Maximum and minimum leastwaysGrammar:Least, the least, at leastWe use the quantifier least to talk about quantities, amounts and degree. (The) least is the superlative form of little.
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