the least


the least
lowest in importance or degree (e.g.:"The lunch meeting is the least of my worries today"); minimal in size or magnitude (e.g.: "The least amount of cholesterol allowed")

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • The Least You Should Know About English — (ISBN 1 4130 3381 4) is a non fiction book by Paige Wilson and Teresa Ferster Glazier aiming to assist students improve in their basic spelling and grammar. It has been a highly popular classroom textbook for 30 years and is now in its tenth… …   Wikipedia

  • At the least — Least Least (l[=e]st), a. [OE. last, lest, AS. l[=ae]sast, l[=ae]sest, superl. of l[=ae]ssa less. See {Less}, a.] [Used as the superlative of little.] Smallest, either in size or degree; shortest; lowest; most unimportant; as, the least insect;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • In the least — Least Least (l[=e]st), a. [OE. last, lest, AS. l[=ae]sast, l[=ae]sest, superl. of l[=ae]ssa less. See {Less}, a.] [Used as the superlative of little.] Smallest, either in size or degree; shortest; lowest; most unimportant; as, the least insect;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • in the least — {adv. phr.} Even a little; in any degree or amount. Used in negative, interrogative, and conditional sentences. * /Sue did not understand physics in the least./ * /Are you in the least interested in sewing?/ * /Mother won t be upset if you come… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • to say the least — {v. phr.} To understate; express as mildly as possible. * /After all we did for him, his behavior toward us, to say the least, was a poor way to show his appreciation./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in the least — {adv. phr.} Even a little; in any degree or amount. Used in negative, interrogative, and conditional sentences. * /Sue did not understand physics in the least./ * /Are you in the least interested in sewing?/ * /Mother won t be upset if you come… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • to say the least — {v. phr.} To understate; express as mildly as possible. * /After all we did for him, his behavior toward us, to say the least, was a poor way to show his appreciation./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • not in the least — {adv. phr.} Not at all. * /She was not in the least interested in listening to a long lecture on ethics./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • not in the least — {adv. phr.} Not at all. * /She was not in the least interested in listening to a long lecture on ethics./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at the least — See: AT LEAST …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at the least — See: AT LEAST …   Dictionary of American idioms


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