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Meaning of LESS

Pronunciation:  les

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adv]  used to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbs; "less interesting"; "less expensive"; "less quickly"
  2. [adv]  comparative of little; "she walks less than she should"; "he works less these days"
  3. [adj]  (nonstandard in some uses but often idiomatic with measure phrases; `we had less apples' is not acceptable) fewer; "less than three weeks"; "no less than 50 people attended"; "in 25 words or less"
  4. [adj]  (usually preceded by `no)' lower in esteem; "no less a person than the king himself"
  5. [adj]  (usually preceded by `no') lower in quality; "no less than perfect"

LESS is a 4 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: fewer, inferior, lower, to a lesser extent
 Antonyms: more, to a greater extent



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \-less\ (-l[e^]s). [AS. le['a]s loose, false; akin to OS.
    l[=o]s loose, false, D. los loose, loos false, sly, G. los
    loose, Icel. lauss loose, vacant, Goth. laus empty, vain, and
    also to E. loose, lose. [root]127. See {Lose}, and cf.
    {Loose}, {Leasing}.]
    A privative adjective suffix, denoting without, destitute of,
    not having; as witless, childless, fatherless.
  2. \Less\ (l[e^]s), conj.
    Unless. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
  3. \Less\, a. [OE. lesse, AS. l[=ae]ssa; akin to OFries.
    l[=e]ssa; a compar. from a lost positive form. Cf. {Lesser},
    {Lest}, {Least}. Less has the sense of the comparative degree
    of little.]
    Smaller; not so large or great; not so much; shorter;
    inferior; as, a less quantity or number; a horse of less size
    or value; in less time than before.
    Note: The substantive which less qualifies is often omitted;
          as, the purse contained less (money) than ten dollars.
          See {Less}, n.
                Thus in less [time] than a hundred years from the
                coming of Augustine, all England became
                Christian.                         --E. A.
  4. \Less\, adv. [AS. l[=ae]s. See {Less}, adj., and cf.
    Not so much; in a smaller or lower degree; as, less bright or
    loud; less beautiful.
  5. \Less\, n.
    1. A smaller portion or quantity.
             The children of Israel did so, and gathered, some
             more, some less.                      --Ex. xvi. 17.
    2. The inferior, younger, or smaller.
             The less is blessed of the better.    --Heb. vii. 7.
  6. \Less\, v. t.
    To make less; to lessen. [Obs.] --Gower.
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