less


less
less [les]
adj.
[ME les < OE læs, adv. læssa, adj. (used as compar. of lytel, LITTLE), akin to OFris les < IE * leis- < base * lei-, to diminish, meager, > LITTLE]
1. alt. compar. of LITTLE
2. not so much; smaller in size or amount [to drink less milk, take less time]
3. fewer [in less than 25 words]
adv.
1. compar. of LITTLE
2. to a smaller extent [less likely to succeed]
n.
a smaller amount
prep.
with the deduction of; minus [about $5,000, less taxes; thirty less ten is twenty]
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less and less
to a decreasing degree; decreasingly
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much less or still less
to an even smaller degree or extent [she won't even talk to him, much less work with him]
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no less a person than
a person of no lower importance, rank, etc. than
USAGE- although the use of less instead of fewer with plural nouns is very old, it is objected to by some, esp. immediately preceding a plural noun [less coins in his pocket ]

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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