American English

Definition of less adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  •  to a smaller degree; not so much less expensive/likely/intelligent less often/enthusiastically I read much less now than I used to. The receptionist was less than (= not at all) helpful. She wasn't any the less happy (= she was perfectly happy) being on her own. That this is a positive stereotype makes it no less a stereotype, and therefore unacceptable.
  • Idioms
    less and less
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    continuing to become smaller in amount She found the job less and less interesting.
    the less, more, etc.., the less, more, etc..,
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    used to show that two things change to the same degree The less said about the whole thing, the happier I'll be. see also more
    and certainly not No explanation was offered, much less an apology.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: less