Definitions for least
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word least.
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 degreeadverb
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
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
Etymology: [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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Rank popularity for the word 'least' in Adverbs Frequency: #186
The numerical value of least in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of least in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
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.
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.
Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays.
If people come to brag about getting close to the plant, that can't be helped, but at least they'll come.
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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- am wenigsten, geringstGerman
- menos, mínimoSpanish
- pienin, vähiten, vähinFinnish
- moins, moindreFrench
- कम से कमHindi
- minimo, menoItalian
- הכי פחותHebrew
- 가장 적게Korean
- minimalan, najmanjiSerbo-Croatian
- 最小, 最少Chinese
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