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"small" in American English

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smalladjective

 us   /smɔl/
  • small adjective (LESS)

[-er/-est only] not big; less in size or amount than is average: a small business small lunches He’s small for his age. Those jackets come in small, medium, and large sizes.
[-er/-est only] Small (abbreviation S) is a size of clothing or other product that is smaller than average: Those sweaters are available in small, medium, and large (sizes).
small of your back
The small of your back is the back below the waist where it curves in slightly.
  • small adjective (YOUNG)

[-er/-est only] (of children) very young: His mother died when he was small.
  • small adjective (LACKING IMPORTANCE)

[-er/-est only] not having much importance or effect: a small problem a small part in a movie
  • small adjective (LETTER SIZE)

[not gradable] (of a letter of the alphabet) lowercase

smalladverb [-er/-est only]

 us   /smɔl/
in small pieces, or in a size or amount that is less than average: The ingredients are printed so small I can hardly read them.
(Definition of small from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"small" in British English

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smalladjective

uk   /smɔːl/  us   /smɑːl/
  • small adjective (LITTLE)

A1 little in size or amount when compared with what is typical or average: a small dog/house/car/country I'd rather live in a small town than a big city. Would you like a large or small cola with your burger? Ella is the smallest girl in her class. That jacket's too small for you. He's small for his age. Only a small number of applicants are successful. The number of women in parliament is pitifully (= extremely) small. Liqueurs are usually drunk in small quantities.

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  • small adjective (LETTER SIZE)

[before noun] Small letters are not capital letters: The poet e. e. cummings wrote his name with small letters, not capital letters.
smallness
noun [U] uk   /ˈsmɔːl.nəs/  us   /ˈsmɑːl.nəs/
The smallness of the city often surprises first-time visitors.

smalladverb

uk   /smɔːl/  us   /smɑːl/

smallnoun

uk   /smɔːl/  us   /smɑːl/
(Definition of small from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"small" in Business English

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smalladjective

uk   us   /smɔːl/
limited in size, amount, activity, etc.: Loans help small firms fund training. The company made a small profit last year.
not very important or likely to cause problems: Verna said the review team would not mire itself in such small details. In the construction industry, small mistakes can become multi-million dollar problems.
(Definition of small from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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