Adjective "Less" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/lɛs/

Definitions and examples

pronoun & determiner

A smaller amount of; not as much.
  1. as pronoun 'storage is less of a problem than it used to be'
  2. 'They come out three months later than their UK counterparts, but that is markedly less of a gap than previously.'
  3. 'I woke up with less of a headache than I head yesterday, which is good.'
  4. 'She will be no less protected on the floor below and she will be less of a hassle for you.'
  5. 'I appreciate trying to save money and being less of a consumer and all those other good things.'
  6. 'Government is taking less of the national wealth than any time since 1974.'
  7. 'The main problem is that they tend to charge a lot more and that leaves less of your money going into investments.'
  8. 'I think there's a lot less of that sort of thing now than there used to be.'
  9. 'Also, they frequently carry outrageously high charges, so less of your money goes to work on day one.'
  10. 'The applicant's income was less than that of the respondent but still significant.'
  11. 'You are entitled to the full amount if your annual income is less than £18,900.'
  12. as pronoun 'a population of less than 200,000'
  13. 'Yes, but it would present less difficulties once it is acknowledged that the writ is almost as of right.'

adjective

Of lower rank or importance.

    adverb

    To a smaller extent; not so much.
    1. 'that this is a positive stereotype makes it no less a stereotype'
    2. 'To some extent the presence or absence of fine writing is even less important to me here than it is with people journals.'
    3. 'I look up and see he is wearing rather academic spectacles, which makes him look slightly less threatening.'
    4. 'One apparently almost universal discriminatory practice was to pay women less than men.'
    5. 'It's less important that they suffer than we're made to look stupid.'
    6. 'Lower leaves often turn yellow as the plant begins to head and become less important.'
    7. 'In reality, the factors that caused the war are far less important than its consequences.'
    8. 'That is part of the answer, but a less important part than the nature of the new legislation.'
    9. 'It is said that this kind of convention is getting less important in modern China.'
    10. 'Punitive and other reactions were considerably less common.'
    11. 'Well, now that we have broadband, the ability to load pages without images has become a lot less important.'
    12. 'Due to poor promotion a less than adequate turnout was achieved.'
    13. 'David seemed less than delighted with the new situation.'
    14. 'There was some constant fuzz on the track, so the clarity was less than perfect.'

    preposition

    Before subtracting (something); minus.

      Definitions

      1. to a smaller extent, amount, or degree: less exact.

      2. most certainly not (often preceded by much or still): He could barely pay for his own lodging, much less for that of his friend.

      3. in any way different; other: He is nothing less than a thief. adjective, a compar. oflittle withleast as superl.

      4. smaller in size, amount, degree, etc.; not so large, great, or much: less money; less speed.

      5. lower in consideration, rank, or

      More examples(as adjective)

      "people can be less of threats."

      "places can be less in unions."

      "crops can be less in/at/on tonnes."

      "systems can be less of risks."

      "storms can be less in/at/on days."

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      Origin

      Old English lǣssa, of Germanic origin; related to Old Frisian lēssa, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek loisthos ‘last’.

      Phrase

      less and less
      less is more
      much (or still) less
      no less