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Definition of modest adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(approving) not talking much about your own abilities or possessions She's very modest about her success. You're too modest! opposite immodest
  2. 2not very large, expensive, important, etc. modest improvements/reforms He charged a relatively modest fee. a modest little house The research was carried out on a modest scale.
  3. 3(of people, especially women, or their clothes) shy about showing much of the body; not intended to attract attention, especially in a sexual way synonym demure a modest dress opposite immodest
adverb “I'm not a very good painter,” he said modestly. She is always modestly dressed. modestly priced goods
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