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Meaning of “than” in the English Dictionary

"than" in British English

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thanpreposition, conjunction

uk   us   strong /ðæn/ weak /ðən/
A1 used to ​join two ​parts of a ​comparison: My ​son is a lot ​taller than my ​daughter. You always ​walkfaster than I do! You're ​earlier than ​usual.A2 used with "more" or "less" to ​comparenumbers or ​amounts: I ​spent more than I ​intended to. It ​cost less than I ​expected.

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(Definition of than from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"than" in American English

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thanpreposition, conjunction

 us   /ðæn, ðən/
used to ​join two ​parts of a ​comparison: My brother’s ​older than you. You’re ​earlier than ​usual. Than is used with more or less to ​comparenumbers or ​amounts: He ​wrote more than 20 ​books. He ​spent less than a ​year there.
(Definition of than from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “than”
in Korean -보다…
in Arabic مِن (لِلمُقارَنة)…
in Malaysian daripada…
in French que…
in Russian чем…
in Chinese (Traditional) 比, (與 more 或 less 連用,比較數量)…
in Italian di, che, quanto…
in Turkish ...dan/den…
in Polish niż, od…
in Spanish que, de lo que…
in Vietnamese hơn…
in Portuguese (do) que…
in Thai กว่า (ใช้ในการเปรียบเทียบ)…
in German als…
in Catalan que…
in Japanese ~よりも, ~に比べて…
in Chinese (Simplified) 比, (与 more 或 less 连用,比较数量)…
in Indonesian daripada…
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