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English definition of “modest”

modest

adjective (NOT LARGE)    /ˈmɒd.ɪst/ US  /ˈmɑː.dɪst/
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 modestly     /-li/ adverb 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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