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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

least*list(adj.)little; less; lesser

  1. smallest in size, amount, degree, etc.; slightest:

    to pay the least amount of attention.

  2. lowest in consideration, position, or importance.

  3. (n.)something that is least; the least amount, quantity, degree, etc.

  4. (adv.)superl. oflittlewithlessas compar. to the smallest extent, amount, or degree:

    That's the least important question of all.

Idioms for least:

  1. at least, at the lowest estimate or figure. at any rate; in any case.

    Category: Idiom

  2. not in the least,not in the smallest degree; not at all.

    Category: Idiom

* a superl. of as compar..

Origin of least:

bef. 950; ME leest(e), OE lǣst, superl. of lǣssaless

Princeton's WordNet

  1. least(adj)

    something that is of no importance

    "it is the least I can do"; "that is the least of my concerns"

  2. least(a)(adverb)

    the superlative of `little' that can be used with mass nouns and is usually preceded by `the'; a quantifier meaning smallest in amount or extent or degree

    "didn't care the least bit"; "he has the least talent of anyone"

  3. least, to the lowest degree(adverb)

    used to form the superlative

    "The garter snake is the least dangerous snake"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. least(determiner)list

    smallest in size, amount, or degree

    a program to help people with the least money

  2. leastlist

    indicates that an amount is at the lowest end of a range

    He must've weighed 250 pounds at the very least.; Of all the candidates, he impressed me the least.; The color of the car is the least of my worries.

  3. least(adverb)list

    to the smallest degree

    my least favorite singer; The money arrived when I least expected it.

  4. leastlist

    especially

    He didn't fool anyone, least of all his wife.

  5. leastlist

    indicates the smallest amount or number

    It'll cost at least $200.

  6. leastlist

    indicates the positive side of a bad situation

    The car is a mess, but at least she wasn't hurt.

  7. leastlist

    if nothing else happens or is true

    You could at least pick up your dirty clothes

  8. leastlist

    indicates you are not sure about what you are saying; = anyway

    He's a lawyer - at least I think he is.

Wiktionary

  1. least(Adverb)

    Used for forming superlatives of adjectives, especially those that do not form the superlative by adding -est.

    It was the least surprising thing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Least(adj)

    smallest, either in size or degree; shortest; lowest; most unimportant; as, the least insect; the least mercy; the least space

  2. Least(adverb)

    in the smallest or lowest degree; in a degree below all others; as, to reward those who least deserve it

  3. Least

    see Lest, conj

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'least' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2292

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'least' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3617

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'least' in Adverbs Frequency: #186


Translations for least

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

least(adverb)

(somethimes with the ) to the smallest or lowest degree

I like her (the) least of all the girls; That is the least important of our problems.

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