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Meaning of “slight” in the English Dictionary

"slight" in British English

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slightadjective

uk   us   /slaɪt/
  • slight adjective (SMALL IN AMOUNT)

B2 small in ​amount or ​degree: a slight ​improvement a slight ​incline She had a slight ​headache. I don't have the slightest idea what he's ​talking about.not in the slightest not at all: "Does it ​worry you?" "Not in the slightest."

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  • slight adjective (THIN)

(of ​people) ​thin and ​delicate: Like most ​long-distancerunners she is very slight.
slightness
noun [U] uk   us   /ˈslaɪt.nəs/

slightverb [T]

uk   us   /slaɪt/

slightnoun [C]

uk   us   /slaɪt/
an ​action that ​insults a ​person because someone ​fails to ​payattention to them or to ​treat them with the ​respect that they ​deserve: I ​regarded her ​failure to ​acknowledge my ​greeting as a slight.
(Definition of slight from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"slight" in American English

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slightadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /slɑɪt/
small in ​amount or ​degree: He ​speaks with a slight ​Frenchaccent. She had a slight ​cold, but wasn’t ​feeling too ​bad.
(of ​people) ​thin and ​delicate: He was a ​young man of slight ​build with ​sensitiveeyes and ​expressivehands.

slightverb [T]

 us   /slɑɪt/
  • slight verb [T] (INSULT)

to ​insult someone by not ​payingattention or by ​treating the ​person as ​unimportant: He slighted his ​wife by ​neglecting to ​introduce her.
(Definition of slight from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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