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English definition of “modest”

modest

adjective uk   /ˈmɒd.ɪst/ us    /ˈmɑː.dɪst/

modest adjective (NOT LARGE)

B2 not large in size or amount, or not expensive: They live in a fairly modest house, considering their wealth. There has been a modest improvement/recovery in housing conditions for the poor. The party made modest gains in the elections, but nothing like the huge gains that were predicted. Just a modest portion for me, please.SmallExtremely smallCosting or worth little or no moneySmall in number and quantity

modest adjective (QUIETLY SUCCESSFUL)

C1 approving not usually talking about or making obvious your own abilities and achievements: He's very modest about his achievements.Shy and modestAnxious and worried

modest adjective (CLOTHES/BEHAVIOUR)

old-fashioned describes something, such as a woman's clothes or behaviour, that is intended to avoid attracting sexual interest: a modest walk/mannerThe style, appearance, and make-up of clothesShy and modestAnxious and worried
modestly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
C1 At just £9, the DVD is very modestly priced. She was dressed modestly.Costing or worth little or no moneyShy and modestAnxious and worriedThe style, appearance, and make-up of clothesShy and modestAnxious and worried
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