HyperDic: less

English > 5 senses of the word less:
ADJECTIVEallless(comparative of 'little' usually used with mass nouns) a quantifier meaning / meaning not as great in amount or degree
allless(usually preceded by 'no') lower in quality
allless(nonstandard in some uses but often idiomatic with measure phrases) fewer
ADVERBallless, to a lesser extentused to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbs
alllesscomparative of little
less > pronunciation
Soundsleh's
RhymesABS ... yes: 78 rhymes with ehs...
English > less: 5 senses > adjective 1
Meaning(comparative of 'little' usually used with mass nouns) a quantifier meaning / meaning not as great in amount or degree.
Examples
  • "of less importance"
  • "less time to spend with the family"
  • "a shower uses less water"
  • "less than three years old"
See alsofewer(comparative of 'few' used with count nouns) quantifier meaning a smaller number of
little, slight(quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree
Oppositemore, more than(comparative of 'much' used with mass nouns) a quantifier meaning / meaning greater in size or amount or extent or degree
Usage ofcomparative, comparative degreeThe comparative form of an adjective or adverb
Spanishmenor
Catalanmenor
English > less: 5 senses > adjective 2
Meaning(usually preceded by 'no') lower in quality.
Example"no less than perfect"
BroaderinferiorOf low or inferior quality
Spanishmenos
English > less: 5 senses > adjective 3
Meaning(nonstandard in some uses but often idiomatic with measure phrases) fewer.
Examples
  • "less than three weeks"
  • "no less than 50 people attended"
  • "in 25 words or less"
Broaderfewer(comparative of 'few' used with count nouns) quantifier meaning a smaller number of
English > less: 5 senses > adverb 1
MeaningUsed to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbs.
Examples
  • "less interesting"
  • "less expensive"
  • "less quickly"
Synonymto a lesser extent
Oppositemore, to a greater extentUsed to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbs
Spanishmenos
English > less: 5 senses > adverb 2
MeaningComparative of little.
Examples
  • "she walks less than she should"
  • "he works less these days"
OppositemoreComparative of much
Spanishmenos

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