Meaning of “than” in the English Dictionary

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"than" in British English

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thanpreposition, conjunction

uk strong /ðæn/ weak /ðən/ 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 walk faster than I do!
You're earlier than usual.

A2 used with "more" or "less" to compare numbers or amounts:

I spent more than I intended to.
It cost less than I expected.

More examples

  • Ben knows much more about movies than I do.
  • I've always believed that happiness counts more than money.
  • Do you think Australia is a more democratic country than Britain?
  • It was farther to the shops than I expected.
  • The fast train to London takes less than an hour.

(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 compare numbers 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)