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Meaning of “lesser” in the English Dictionary

"lesser" in British English

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lesseradjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈles.ər/  us   //
used to ​describe something that is not as ​great in ​size, ​amount, or ​importance as something ​else: A lesser man (= a man who was not as ​strong or ​brave) might have given up at that ​point. The ​charge of ​murder was ​altered to the lesser (= less ​serious)charge of ​manslaughter. Ethiopia and, to a lesser extent/​degree, Kenya will be ​badlyaffected by the ​drought.
(Definition of lesser from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lesser" in American English

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lesseradjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈles·ər/
not as ​great in ​size, ​amount, or ​importance as something ​else: Texas and, to a lesser ​degree, Oklahoma will be ​affected by the ​drought.
(Definition of lesser from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “lesser”
in Chinese (Simplified) 较小的,较少的, 次要的…
in Turkish daha az, daha küçük…
in Russian меньший…
in Chinese (Traditional) 較小的,較少的, 次要的…
in Polish mniejszy, pomniejszy, mniej ważny…
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