1 less /ˈlɛs/ adjective
1 less
Learner's definition of LESS
comparative form of 1little
: not so much : smaller in amount or number

no less

used to suggest that something is surprising or impressive

no less than

: at least used to suggest that a number or amount is surprisingly large
Usage The adjectives less and fewer have similar meanings but are used in slightly different ways. Fewer is used with nouns that can be counted.
Less is usually used with nouns that cannot be counted.
But less is also more likely than fewer to be used with count nouns that refer to distances and amounts of money.
Less is also used in mathematical expressions and in certain phrases.
It is also used instead of fewer with other sorts of plural nouns, although many people still consider this use incorrect.
2 less /ˈlɛs/ adverb
2 less
Learner's definition of LESS
comparative form of 2little
: not so much : to a smaller extent or degree

in less than no time

: very soon

less and less

: in a way that is gradually smaller, weaker, or less common

less than

: not completely or not at all

more or less

see 2more

much less

or chiefly British still less
used after a negative statement to say that something is even less likely or possible than the thing previously mentioned
3 less /ˈlɛs/ pronoun
3 less
Learner's definition of LESS
: a smaller number or amount
: something that is smaller or less important than another thing

could/couldn't care less

see 2care

less and less

: an amount that becomes gradually smaller

nothing less than

see 2nothing

think less of

see 1think
4 less /ˈlɛs/ preposition
4 less
Learner's definition of LESS
: after taking away or subtracting (something)
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