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at the (very) least

Definition of at the (very) least

  1. —used to indicate the least thing that is true, acceptable, desirable, or certain to happen <He wanted to win the race, or at the least, to finish second.> <It will change your life or, at the very least, teach you something new.> <At the very least, she deserves to be heard.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  properly entitled to the name or designation :  true

    :  actual, real

    :  simple, plain

  1. :  in actual fact :  truly

    :  to a high degree :  exceedingly

  1. : superlative of 1little

    :  lowest in importance or position

    :  smallest in size or degree

  1. :  one that is least

  1. : superlative of 2little

    :  in the smallest or lowest degree

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to permeate or influence as if by dyeing

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