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English definition of “modest”

modest

adjective     /ˈmɒdɪst/
not large in size or amount, or not expensive: modest amount/budget/profit We have a fairly modest budget, considering our oil wealth.modest rise/increase/improvement There has been a modest improvement in housing conditions. The company made modest gains in the marketplace.
modestly adverb
(Definition of modest adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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