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less

determiner, pronoun, adverb uk   /les/ us  
A2 a smaller amount (of), or to a smaller degree: We must try to spend less money. Exercise more and eat less. I eat less chocolate and fewer biscuits than I used to. Getting out of bed in summer is less difficult than in winter.less than ... used to say that behaviour does not have the good or attractive characteristic that is stated: I think he was less than honest with me.less and less If something happens less and less, it becomes gradually smaller in amount or happens less often: He's less and less able to look after himself.
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Translations of “less”
in Korean 더 적게…
in Arabic أقَلّ…
in French plus petit que, moins (de)…
in Turkish daha da az…
in Italian meno, di meno…
in Chinese (Traditional) 更少,較小…
in Russian меньше, меньший…
in Polish mniej, mniejszy…
in Spanish menos…
in Portuguese menos…
in German weniger…
in Catalan menys…
in Japanese より少なく…
in Chinese (Simplified) 更少,较小…
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