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less

 
pronunciation:
les
parts of speech:
adverb, adjective, noun, preposition
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part of speech: adverb
definition 1: comp. of little.
definition 2: to a smaller degree or amount.
He is less patient than I am.I eat less in the summer.This one is not quite as good, but it costs less.
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: comp. of little.
definition 2: smaller in degree or amount.
He has less patience than I.I added less sugar than the recipe called for.
antonyms:
more
similar words:
fewer
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a smaller amount.
This vaccuum cleaner picks up less of the dirt than my old one.
antonyms:
more
 
part of speech: preposition
definition: made smaller by; minus.
Three less one is two.
synonyms:
minus
antonyms:
plus
less or fewer? a little or a few?
Fewer and a few should be used when you talk about a small number of people or things that you can count. Less and a little should be used for a small amount of a thing that you cannot count.
Compare:
  • There is less milk in the container than there was this morning.
  • He has fewer friends now than when he was young.
  • She ate only a little soup and a few crackers.