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Meaning of “at least” in the English Dictionary

"at least" in British English

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at least

A2 as much as, or more than, a number or amount: It will cost at least $100. It will be £200 at the very least. You'll have to wait at least an hour.
B2 used to reduce the effect of a statement: I've met the president - at least, he shook my hand once.
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B1 used to emphasize that something is good in a bad situation: It's a small house but at least there's a garden.
B1 used to say that someone should do something small, even if they do nothing else: Even if she didn't want to send a present, she could at least have sent a card.
(Definition of at least from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"at least" in American English

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at least

used to emphasize that something is good in a bad situation: The car was damaged, but at least he wasn’t hurt.
At (the very) least
At (the very) least means not less than: It will cost at least $1000. I’ll be gone for two weeks, at the very least.
At least
At least can also be used to reduce the effect of a statement: I can handle it – at least, I think so.
(Definition of at least from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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