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adjective \ˈlēst\

Definition of least

  1. superlative of 1little

  1. 1 :  lowest in importance or position the least of my worries

  2. 2a :  smallest in size or degree The least noise would startle her.b :  being a member of a kind distinguished by diminutive size the least bitternc :  smallest possible :  slightest believed that the least government was the best government — Irving Stone

Recent Examples of least from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of least

Middle English leest, from Old English lǣst, superlative of lǣssa less


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Definition of least

  1. :  one that is least

at least

  1. 1 :  at the minimum at least once a week

  2. 2 :  in any case at least you have a choice

Recent Examples of least from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of least

see 1least


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least

adverb

Definition of least

  1. superlative of 2little

  1. :  in the smallest or lowest degree

least of all

  1. :  especially not no one, least of all the children, paid attention

Examples of least in a Sentence

  1. Who was the least at fault in the case?

  2. He asked me to help him when I least expected it.

  3. That was the least important of her reasons.

  4. That was the least interesting book I have ever read.

Origin and Etymology of least

see 1least


LEAST Defined for English Language Learners

least

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Definition of least for English Language Learners

  • : smallest in amount or degree

least

adverb

Definition of least for English Language Learners

  • : in or to the smallest degree


LEAST Defined for Kids

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least

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adjective \ˈlēst\

Definition of least for Students

  1. superlative of 1little

  1. :  smallest in size or degree The least noise startles her.


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Definition of least for Students

  1. :  the smallest or lowest amount or degree I don't mind in the least.

at least

  1. 1 :  not less or fewer than Read at least 20 pages.

  2. 2 :  in any case At least you have a choice.


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adverb

Definition of least for Students

  1. superlative of 2little

  1. :  in or to the smallest degree You arrived when I least expected you.


Medical Dictionary

least

Medical Definition of least

superlative of little


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