American English

Definition of few pronoun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1not many people, things, or places Very few of his books are worth reading. You can pass with as few as 25 points. (formal) Few will argue with this conclusion.
  2. 2a few a small number of people, things, or places; some I recognized a few of the other people. I've seen most of his movies. Only a few are as good as his first one. Could you give me a few more details?
  3. 3fewer not as many as Fewer than 20 students passed all their courses. There are no fewer than 100 different species in the area. Look at the note at less.
  4. 4the few used with a plural verb to mean “a small group of people” Real power belongs to the few. She was one of the chosen few (= the small group with special rights).
  5. Idioms
    have had a few (too many) (informal)
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    to have had enough alcohol to make you drunk
    quite a few
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    a fairly large number I've been there quite a few times. Quite a few people are going to arrive early.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: few