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Meaning of “least” in the English Dictionary

"least" in British English

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leastadverb, determiner, pronoun

uk   us   /liːst/
B1 less than anything or anyone ​else; the ​smallestamount or ​number: This ​group is the least ​likely of the four to ​win. Disaster ​struck when we least ​expected it. It was the ​answer she least ​wanted to ​hear. I like the ​green one least of all. He's the ​relative I like (the) least. No one ​believed her, least of all (= ​especially not) the ​police. They ​refused to ​admit her, not least because (= there were several ​reasons but this was an ​important one) she didn't have her ​membershipcard with her.

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(Definition of least from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"least" in American English

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leastadjective, adverb, pronoun

 us   /list/
less than anything or anyone ​else; (of) the ​smallestamount or ​number; superlative oflittle : I’m not the least ​bitconcerned. That’s the ​answer I least ​wanted to ​hear. Which ​carcosts the least?
(Definition of least from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “least”
in Korean 최소의…
in Arabic الأقَلّ…
in Malaysian paling sedikit atau kecil…
in French le moins (de/que)…
in Russian меньше всего, наименее…
in Chinese (Traditional) 最少, 最小…
in Italian il meno, meno…
in Turkish en aşağı, en az…
in Polish najmniej…
in Spanish lo menos, lo mínimo…
in Vietnamese ít nhất…
in Portuguese menos…
in Thai น้อย…
in German geringst…
in Catalan menys…
in Japanese 最低で, 最も~でなく…
in Chinese (Simplified) 最少, 最小…
in Indonesian paling sedikit…
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