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"modest" in British English

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modestadjective

uk   /ˈmɒd.ɪst/  us   /ˈmɑː.dɪst/

modest adjective (NOT LARGE)

B2 not ​large in ​size or ​amount, or not ​expensive: They ​live in a ​fairly modest ​house, ​consideringtheirwealth. There has been a modest ​improvement/​recovery in ​housingconditions for the ​poor. The ​party made modest ​gains in the ​elections, but nothing like the ​hugegains that were ​predicted. Just a modest ​portion for me, ​please.
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modest adjective (QUIETLY SUCCESSFUL)

C1 approving not usually ​talking about or making ​obviousyour own ​abilities and ​achievements: He's very modest about his ​achievements.

modest adjective (CLOTHES/BEHAVIOUR)

used to ​describe something, such as a woman's ​clothes or ​behaviour, that is ​intended to ​avoidattractingsexualinterest: a modest ​walk/​manner
modestly
adverb uk   us   /-li/
C1 At just $9, the ​DVD is very modestly priced. She was ​dressed modestly.
(Definition of modest from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"modest" in American English

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modestadjective

 us   /ˈmɑd·ɪst/

modest adjective (NOT LARGE)

not ​large in ​size or ​amount, or not ​great in ​value: a modest ​increase in ​salary a modest ​house

modest adjective (QUIETLY SUCCESSFUL)

tending not to ​talk about or make ​obviousyour own ​abilities and ​achievements: Although an ​outstandingscientist, he’s a modest man.

modest adjective (CORRECT)

(of ​behavior and ​clothes) ​correct or ​sociallyacceptable, ​representingtraditionalculturalvalues
(Definition of modest from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"modest" in Business English

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modestadjective

uk   us   /ˈmɒdɪst/
not large in ​size or ​amount, or not ​expensive: modest amount/budget/profit We have a fairly modest ​budget, considering our ​oilwealth.modest rise/increase/improvement There has been a modest ​improvement in ​housingconditions. The ​company made modest ​gains in the ​marketplace.
modestly
adverb
Modestly ​pricedelectronicsattractconsumers year-round.
(Definition of modest from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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