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Meaning of “less” in the English Dictionary

"less" in British English

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lessdeterminer, pronoun, adverb

uk   us   /les/
A2 a ​smalleramount (of), or to a ​smallerdegree: We must ​try to ​spend less ​money. Exercise more and ​eat less. I ​eat less ​chocolate and fewer ​biscuits than I used to. Getting out of ​bed in ​summer is less ​difficult than in ​winter.less than ... used to say that ​behaviour does not have the good or ​attractivecharacteristic that is ​stated: I ​think he was less than ​honest with me.less and less If something ​happens less and less, it ​becomesgraduallysmaller in ​amount or ​happens less often: He's less and less ​able to ​look after himself.

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uk   us   /-ləs/ /-lɪs/
(Definition of less from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"less" in American English

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lessadjective, adverb

 us   /les/
  • less adjective, adverb (SMALLER AMOUNT)

a ​smalleramount of something, to a ​smallerdegree, or not as much; comparative oflittle : We’ve got to ​spend less ​money. It was less than a ​mile to the nearest ​gasstation. She had less ​reason to ​complain than I. Skiing ​conditions this ​year are less than ​ideal (= not good). There were no less than (= as many as) a thousand ​peoplebuyingtickets.


 us   /les/
  • less preposition (SUBTRACT)

minus ; after ​subtracting: $30, less the ​discount of 15%, is $25.50.
(Definition of less from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"less" in Business English

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after ​subtracting a particular ​number or ​amount: The ​account will ​pay at least ​baserate less 0.25% until 31 March next ​year.
(Definition of less from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “less”
in Korean 더 적게…
in Arabic أقَلّ…
in Malaysian kurang…
in French plus petit que, moins (de)…
in Russian меньше, меньший…
in Chinese (Traditional) 更少,較小…
in Italian meno, di meno…
in Turkish daha da az…
in Polish mniej, mniejszy…
in Spanish menos…
in Vietnamese kém…
in Portuguese menos…
in Thai น้อยกว่า…
in German weniger…
in Catalan menys…
in Japanese より少なく…
in Chinese (Simplified) 更少,较小…
in Indonesian tidak sebanyak…
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