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English definition of “little”

little

pronoun, noun (NOT ENOUGH)    /ˈlɪt.l̩/ US  /ˈlɪt̬-/
B1 an amount that is not much or not enough: We did very little on Sunday. Very little of what he said made any sense to me. Unfortunately, little of the artist's work has survived. The government has done little or nothing to help the poorest people in this country. The little we do know about the people who lived here suggests they had a very sophisticated society.Scarce, inadequate and not enoughLacking things Grammar:Little, a little, few, a few(A) little and (a) few are quantifiers meaning ‘some’. Little and few have negative meanings. We use them to mean ‘not as much as may be expected or wished for’.See moreGrammar:A little, a few with a nounWe use a little with singular uncountable nouns. We use a few with plural countable nouns:See moreGrammar:Little, few with a nounWe use little with uncountable nouns. We use few with plural countable nouns. They are used in formal contexts:See moreGrammar:(A) little, (a) few without a nounWe can use (a) little and (a) few as pronouns. We can use them to substitute for a noun when it is obvious from the context:See moreGrammar:(A) little of, (a) few ofWe use of with (a) little and (a) few when they come before articles (a/an, the), demonstratives (this, that), possessives (my, your) or pronouns (him, them):See moreGrammar:A little: adverbWe use a little as an adverb of degree. It is more formal than a bit:See moreGrammar:A little with adjectives, determiners, adverbsWe use a little before adjectives and adverbs to modify them. It is more formal than a bit:See moreGrammar:Little: adjectiveWe use little as an adjective to mean ‘small’:See more
(Definition of little pronounnoun (NOT ENOUGH) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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