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Meaning of “least” - Learner’s Dictionary

least

adverb     /liːst/
B1 less than anyone or anything else: Which car costs least? I chose the least expensive dish on the menu. No one, least of all (= especially not) James, is going to be angry with you.Maximum and minimum
at least A2 as much as, or more than, a number or amount: You'll have to wait at least an hour.Maximum and minimum B1 something that you say when you are telling someone about an advantage in a bad situation: It's a small house but at least there's a garden.Advantage and disadvantage used to say that someone should give a small amount of help although they do not intend to give a lot: Even if you didn't want to send a present, you could at least have sent a card.Helping and co-operating something that you say in order to correct something you said that was wrong: I've seen that film. At least, I saw the beginning then I fell asleep.Correcting and mendingEditing and compiling
not least formal especially: The whole trip was fascinating, not least because of the people I met.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions
not in the least not at all: I don't mind staying at home, not in the least. →  See also last but not least Intensifying expressions
Translations of “least”
in Korean 최소의…
in Arabic الأقَلّ…
in Portuguese menos…
in Catalan menys…
in Japanese 最低で, 最も~でなく…
in Italian il meno, meno…
in Chinese (Traditional) 最少, 最小…
in Russian меньше всего, наименее…
in Turkish en aşağı, en az…
in Chinese (Simplified) 最少, 最小…
in Polish najmniej…
(Definition of least adverb from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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