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 Hartley was a major fundraiser for former President Barack Obama, and to a lesser extent for Biden. Kaitlan Collins And Kevin Liptak, CNN, 16 July 2021 If he and, to a lesser extent, Shlomo are less sanguine about the Haarts’ exodus than their sisters, the implication is that it’s because the frum lifestyle is so much harder on women. Judy Berman, Time, 14 July 2021 These other settings include skilled nursing facilities, elementary and secondary schools, and, to a lesser extent, restaurants and hospitals. Chase Difeliciantonio, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 July 2021 Saric's minutes went to Craig, and to a lesser extent, Frank Kaminsky. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 10 July 2021 One is that its interface feels a little less snappy than competitors Apple TV and, to a lesser extent, Roku, with actions taking a second or two to manifest on screen. David Bloom, Forbes, 4 July 2021 At Johnny’s Selected Seeds — a Maine purveyor that caters primarily to small commercial growers and to a lesser extent to home gardeners — sunflowers are the top flower crop. BostonGlobe.com, 4 July 2021 The jump is not as severe as some officials predicted early last year, largely because the coronavirus had not hit Asia, and to a lesser extent, Africa, as hard as was then feared. Washington Post, 23 June 2021 Dog ticks, which are primarily prevalent in states east of the Rocky Mountains, can spread Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia, though to a lesser extent than Lyme disease transmission, Salkeld said. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 19 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Mimir assembles pros from major orchestras and conservatory faculty members for concerts exploring standard and lesser-known pieces. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 9 July 2021 And all pros agree that resetting them with water is the simple—and lesser-known—secret to keeping your curl pattern robust. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 4 June 2021 Here is a sampling of lesser-known — but no less noteworthy — incidents from police log books (a.k.a. blotters) in our suburbs. BostonGlobe.com, 13 May 2021 Along the way, Otele highlights famous and lesser-known individuals alike, balancing profiles of specific figures with a broader examination of how conceptions of race have changed over time. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 May 2021 Forrest was the lesser-known of the two safeties in NFL circles before his standout performance at UC's pro day last month. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, 29 Apr. 2021 And educating ourselves about important but lesser-known figures in the struggle for racial equality, like Marsha P. Johnson and Bayard Rustin, can also be enlightening. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, 27 Apr. 2021 Here is a sampling of lesser-known — but no less noteworthy — incidents from police log books (a.k.a. blotters) in our suburbs. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Apr. 2021 From badminton and basketball to track and field or table tennis, experience favorite and lesser-known sports. Anchorage Daily News, 21 Apr. 2021

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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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20 Jul 2021

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“Lesser.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lesser. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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lesser

adjective

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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