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Princeton's WordNet

  1. leastadjective

    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 degreeadverb

    used to form the superlative

    "The garter snake is the least dangerous snake"

Wiktionary

  1. leastadverb

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

    It was the least surprising thing.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Leastadj. the superlative of little.

    Little beyond others; smallest.

    Etymology: læst , Saxon.

    I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies shewed to thy servant. Gen. xxxii. 10.

    A man can no more have a positive idea of the greatest than he has of the least space. John Locke.

  2. Leastadverb

    In the lowest degree; in a degree below others; less than any other way.

    He resolv’d to wave his suit,
    Or for a while play least in sight. Hudibras, p. i.

    Ev’n that avert; I chuse it not;
    But taste it as the least unhappy lot. John Dryden, Knight’s Tale.

    No man more truly knows to place a right value on your friendship, than he who least deserves it on all other accounts than his due sense of it. Alexander Pope, Letters.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leastadjective

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

  2. Leastadverb

    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

  4. Etymology: [OE. last, lest, AS. lsast, lsest, superl. of lssa less. See Less, a.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Least

    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.).]

  2. Least

    lēst, conj. (Spens.). Same as Lest.

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

Anagrams for least »

  1. astel

  2. lates

  3. leats

  4. salet

  5. setal

  6. slate

  7. stale

  8. steal

  9. stela

  10. taels

  11. tales

  12. teals

  13. tesla

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of least in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of least in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of least in a Sentence

  1. Stefan Peterson:

    I was hoping and thinking that at least some countries somewhere must be doing the right thing for children now and the right thing for children in the future -- but I saw no country was in that ideal place and that quite surprised me.

  2. Dello Russo:

    He’s stable, they moved him out of ICU, he’s on the mend right now. They got him all stapled up, but he’s going to be there for at least two weeks.

  3. Oscar Wilde:

    Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays.

  4. Hidezo Sato:

    If people come to brag about getting close to the plant, that can't be helped, but at least they'll come.

  5. Aron Janssen:

    As physicians at least we have an ethical responsibility to treat the patients who come through our doors, it’s not an excuse to say you have n’t been trained.

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