(comparative of `little' usually used with mass nouns) a quantifier meaning not as great in amount or degree
"of less importance"; "less time to spend with the family"; "a shower uses less water"; "less than three years old"
(usually preceded by `no') lower in quality
"no less than perfect"
(nonstandard in some uses but often idiomatic with measure phrases) fewer
"less than three weeks"; "no less than 50 people attended"; "in 25 words or less"
less, to a lesser extent(adverb)
used to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbs
"less interesting"; "less expensive"; "less quickly"
to a lesser extent
comparative of little
"she walks less than she should"; "he works less these days"
to a lesser extent
minus; not including
It should then tax all of that as personal income, less the proportion of the car's annual mileage demonstrably clocked up on company business.
A smaller amount (of); not as much.
This is a less bad solution than I thought possible.
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How to use less in a sentence?
We really didn't worry that something would go wrong ... because he has proven how responsible he is, unfortunately, I can't say the same about our triplets, now 17, who we have deemed not to be mature enough to be left alone overnight, much less for a week while we travel abroad because they tend to be unintentionally careless.
The liquidity profile of the market is something we, our clients, and even regulators are increasingly focused on, it is well-known that banks are allocating less capital to trading and that liquidity in the secondary market is likely to be compromised for some time.
I've often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn't get no more freedom. They got less freedom.
They were certainly reading probably the most relevant ones as well. Some of the less relevant ones are ones being passed around. It's an interesting process, i've never seen anything like that before. ... This is unusual circumstances calling for kind of( an) unusual process.
Those ships that were already loading at the 32 terminals in that area are loading even less than they were already.
Translations for less
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- menysCatalan, Valencian
- vähemmän, paitsi, pienempi, pois lukien, lukuun ottamattaFinnish
- mwensHaitian Creole
- kevesebb, kevésbéHungarian
- それほど...ない, より少なくJapanese
- manner, wéinegerLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- mindre, fratrukket, minus, færreNorwegian
- fora, menos, exceto, menorPortuguese
- mai puținRomanian
- меньше, менее, меньшийRussian
- mindre, lite, färreSwedish
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