Definitions for unlessʌnˈlɛs, ən-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

un•lessʌnˈlɛs, ən-(conj.)

  1. except under the circumstances that:

    We'll be there at nine, unless the train is late.

    Category: Function Word

  2. (prep.)except; but; save:

    Nothing will come of it, unless disaster.

Origin of unless:

1400–50; late ME prep. phrase on less,o less(e), earlier upon less on a lesser footing (than)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. unless(conjunction)ʌnˈlɛs, ən-

    except if

    I'm not going unless you come with me.; Your grades will not improve unless you work harder.

Wiktionary

  1. unless(Conjunction)

    Except on a specified condition; if not.

    Iu2019m leaving unless I get a pay rise.

  2. Origin: onlesse, from on lesse, from on a less condition (on became un-)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unless

    upon any less condition than (the fact or thing stated in the sentence or clause which follows); if not; supposing that not; if it be not; were it not that; except; as, we shall fail unless we are industrious

Freebase

  1. Unless

    Unless, first published by Fourth Estate, an imprint of Harper Collins in 2002, is the final novel by Canadian writer Carol Shields. Semi-autobiographical, it was the capstone to Shields's writing career: she died shortly after its publication in 2003. The work was widely acclaimed and nominated for the Booker Prize, the Giller Prize, the Governor General's Award, the Orange Prize for Fiction, and received the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. In 2011, it was a finalist in the Canada Reads competition, where it was defended by actor Lorne Cardinal. Like many of her works, Unless explores the extraordinary that lies within the ordinary lives of ordinary women. The novel is narrated in first person by 44-year old writer and translator, Reta Winters. The book proceeds as a linear series of reflections by Reta, elliptically coming to the thematic center of the story: the seemingly arbitrary decision of Reta's college-aged daughter Norah to drop out of university and live on the street with a cardboard sign affixed to her chest that reads "Goodness". Although the novel does not in any way proceed like a mystery, the reasons for Norah's departure from the normal world are Reta's primary motivation in writing. In parallel, her relationship with her French mentor drives much of her narration and view of herself.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'unless' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #967

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'unless' in Written Corpus Frequency: #680


Translations for unless

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

unless(conjunction)

if not

Don't come unless I telephone.

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