less determiner, pronoun, adverb, preposition - definition in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online (US)

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “less”

See all translations

less

determiner, pronoun, adverb uk   us   /les/
A2 a smaller amount (of), or to a smaller degree: We must try to spend less money. Exercise more and eat less. I eat less chocolate and fewer biscuits than I used to. Getting out of bed in summer is less difficult than in winter.less than ... used to say that behaviour does not have the good or attractive characteristic that is stated: I think he was less than honest with me.less and less If something happens less and less, it becomes gradually smaller in amount or happens less often: He's less and less able to look after himself.
More examples

less

Translations of “less”
in Arabic أقَلّ…
in Korean 더 적게…
in Malaysian kurang…
in French plus petit que, moins (de)…
in Turkish daha da az…
in Italian meno, di meno…
in Chinese (Traditional) 更少,較小…
in Russian меньше, меньший…
in Polish mniej, mniejszy…
in Vietnamese kém…
in Spanish menos…
in Portuguese menos…
in Thai น้อยกว่า…
in German weniger…
in Catalan menys…
in Japanese より少なく…
in Indonesian tidak sebanyak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 更少,较小…
(Definition of less determiner, pronoun, adverb, preposition from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of less?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “less” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

Morse code

a system used for sending messages, in which letters and numbers are represented by short and long marks, sounds, or flashes of light

Word of the Day

The language of elections

by Liz Walter,
April 22, 2015
On May 7th, citizens of the UK will be going to the polls (having an election) to decide who will form the next government. This kind of election is known as a general election. The country is divided into 650 areas, called constituencies. Each constituency elects a member of parliament (MP) to

Read More 

dumbwalking noun

April 20, 2015
walking slowly, without paying attention to the world around you because you are consulting a smartphone He told me dumbwalking probably wouldn’t be a long-term problem.

Read More