lesser

adjective
less·​er | \ ˈle-sər How to pronounce lesser (audio) \

Definition of lesser

 (Entry 1 of 2)

comparative of little entry 1

: of less size, quality, degree, or significance : of lower status

lesser

adverb

Definition of lesser (Entry 2 of 2)

: less lesser-known

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Synonyms & Antonyms for lesser

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of lesser in a Sentence

Adjective The winner will receive $100; lesser amounts will be given to three runners-up. A lesser man than he might have simply given up. She agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Year-to-date precipitation in much of the lakes region is running 150 to 200-plus percent of normal (only the Lake Ontario region has seen somewhat lesser amounts, while still enduring flooding). The Washington Post, oregonlive, "Great Lakes overflowing with record amounts of water, thanks to ‘effects of a warming climate’," 6 June 2019 Last year, worldwide, the guide incorporated another, lesser symbol: L’Assiette Michelin, or the Michelin Plate. Bill Addison, latimes.com, "What rings true and false for Los Angeles in Michelin's new California guide," 4 June 2019 Products to use at home usually require multiple applications over a week or two, will have a gradual and lesser whitening effect, and will not last as long. Jill U. Adams, chicagotribune.com, "The pros and cons of whitening your teeth," 1 May 2018 Products to use at home usually require multiple applications over a week or two, will have a gradual and lesser whitening effect, and will not last as long. Jill U. Adams, chicagotribune.com, "The pros and cons of whitening your teeth," 1 May 2018 Products to use at home usually require multiple applications over a week or two, will have a gradual and lesser whitening effect, and will not last as long. Jill U. Adams, chicagotribune.com, "The pros and cons of whitening your teeth," 1 May 2018 Products to use at home usually require multiple applications over a week or two, will have a gradual and lesser whitening effect, and will not last as long. Jill U. Adams, chicagotribune.com, "The pros and cons of whitening your teeth," 1 May 2018 Products to use at home usually require multiple applications over a week or two, will have a gradual and lesser whitening effect, and will not last as long. Jill U. Adams, chicagotribune.com, "The pros and cons of whitening your teeth," 1 May 2018 Products to use at home usually require multiple applications over a week or two, will have a gradual and lesser whitening effect, and will not last as long. Jill U. Adams, chicagotribune.com, "The pros and cons of whitening your teeth," 1 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Uhura) as well as lesser known but fascinating figures such as Omega Man, who travels back in time to fight crime and correct social ills. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Not all superheroes wear capes: Black action figures at Lewis Museum fight crime, stereotypes," 22 Aug. 2019 Others, including Mary Ann Brown Patten, the first woman to sail a clipper ship around Cape Horn; Charlotte Cushman, a popular actress who played both male and female parts; and Mary Ann Meade, a daguerreotypist in her own right—are lesser known. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "How the Camera Introduced Americans to Their Heroines," 9 July 2019 BuzzFeed’s round-up includes products, brands, and services whose relationship with Amazon is well-known, including Amazon Alexa, Amazon Web Services, and Whole Foods, as well as dozens that are lesser-known, including IMDb, Zappos, and Shopbop. Kat Borgerding, Vox, "Recode Daily: Here’s why it can be so annoying to read the news on your phone," 8 July 2019 Lawyer Tony Buzbee and businessman Bill King also are running for mayor along with at least five lesser-known candidates. Jasper Scherer, Houston Chronicle, "Houston firefighters’ union endorses Boykins for mayor," 6 June 2019 Within the next few years, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, Elon Musk’s SpaceX and a number of other lesser-known adventurers are hoping to start sending tourists into space. Robert Wall, WSJ, "For $50 Million, Book Your Vacation in Space," 11 Apr. 2019 The submarines are intended to quietly patrol lesser known portions of the global undersea domain. Fox News, "Navy mulls acceleration of first nuclear-armed Columbia ballistic missile sub," 6 June 2018 And so we’re left with Breed, Leno, Supervisor Jane Kim and former Supervisor Angela Alioto (plus four other, far lesser known candidates) who so far don’t have a whole lot of policy differences. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, "How candidates for SF mayor stack up," 13 Jan. 2018 Briggs has spent more than two decades planning trips to Africa, and her latest focus is lesser-known but awe-inspiring places like Cameroon, the Central African Republic, and Zambia. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of lesser

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lesser was in the 13th century

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lesser

adjective
How to pronounce lesser (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of lesser

: of smaller size
: of less strength, quality, or importance

lesser

adjective
less·​er | \ ˈle-sər How to pronounce lesser (audio) \

Kids Definition of lesser

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of smaller size or importance a lesser evil

lesser

adverb

Kids Definition of lesser (Entry 2 of 2)

: less entry 2 lesser-known writers

lesser

adjective
less·​er | \ ˈle-sər How to pronounce lesser (audio) \

Legal Definition of lesser

: of less size, quality, degree, or significance specifically : of lower criminal liability duress has been held a good defense to such lesser crimes as robbery, burglary and malicious mischief — W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr.

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