something that is of no importance
"it is the least I can do"; "that is the least of my concerns"
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"
least, to the lowest degree(adverb)
used to form the superlative
"The garter snake is the least dangerous snake"
Used for forming superlatives of adjectives, especially those that do not form the superlative by adding -est.
It was the least surprising thing.
smallest, either in size or degree; shortest; lowest; most unimportant; as, the least insect; the least mercy; the least space
in the smallest or lowest degree; in a degree below all others; as, to reward those who least deserve it
see Lest, conj
Origin: [OE. last, lest, AS. lsast, lsest, superl. of lssa less. See Less, a.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
lēst, adj. (serves as superl. of Little) little beyond all others: smallest.—adv. in the smallest or lowest degree.—advs. Least′ways, Least′wise, at least: however.—At least, or At the least, at the lowest estimate: at any rate. [A.S. læst, contr. from læsast, from læssa (adj.), less, læs (adv.).]
lēst, conj. (Spens.). Same as Lest.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Least' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2292
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Least' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3617
Rank popularity for the word 'Least' in Adverbs Frequency: #186
astel, lates, leats, salet, setal, slate, stale, steal, stela, taels, tales, teals, tesla
The numerical value of Least in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of Least in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Examples of Least in a Sentence
Being realistic, given recent events, I cannot now foresee an announcement (on airport capacity in southeast England) until at least October.
In all too many cases, we have political correctness now becoming political craziness, students are making demands -- faculty, deans, presidents are yielding, resigning [to them]. At the very least, they hold meetings and conferences. We didn't do that. Student groups made more than a dozen literally crazy demands with no rational basis and our university ignored them and nothing has happened.
Oil prices should eventually resume their upward journey but it will be a subdued affair with the huge stock overhang tempering gains until the end of next year at the very least.
(CBS is) at least sending the signal and creating evidence they had the best interests of everyone in mind, and not her.
Although the last, not least.
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Translations for Least
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- geringst, am wenigstenGerman
- mínimo, menosSpanish
- vähiten, vähin, pieninFinnish
- moindre, moinsFrench
- कम से कमHindi
- meno, minimoItalian
- הכי פחותHebrew
- 가장 적게Korean
- najmanji, minimalanSerbo-Croatian
- 最少, 最小Chinese
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