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Meaning of “scant” in the English Dictionary

"scant" in British English

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scantadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /skænt/
very little and not enough: He ​pays scant attention to the ​needs of his ​children. scant regard for the ​truth almost: Add a scant ​halflitre (= ​almosthalf a ​litre) of ​milk to the ​mixture and ​stir well.
(Definition of scant from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"scant" in American English

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scantadjective [not gradable]

 us   /skænt/
very little or not much: I ​paid scant ​attention to the movie’s ​plot. Scant can also ​mean not ​quite a ​fullmeasure of something: Pour the ​batter by scant 1/4cups onto the ​hotgriddle.
(Definition of scant from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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