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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 ​handonce.
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B1 used to ​emphasize that something is good in a ​badsituation: It's a ​smallhouse 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 ​badsituation: 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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