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: 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 At the time, a million refugees reached Europe, crossing mainly from Turkey to Greece, and to a lesser degree from countries such as Libya to Italy. Washington Post, "UN food agency calls for aid to prevent another Syria exodus," 25 June 2020 Court records show he was initially charged with armed robbery, but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge that got him three years probation. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "What we know about the Detroit police shooting of Hakim Littleton, protests," 12 July 2020 Even as a slightly lesser version of old self, Smith allowed only one sack last season -- tied for fifth best among starting tackles. John Owning, Dallas News, "The 3 best values on the Dallas Cowboys’ roster now that QB Dak Prescott is set to make big money," 10 July 2020 The charges announced Friday by FPC Executive Director Griselda Aldrete could lead to his termination — or lesser sanctions — but only after a trial before the commission. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fire and Police Commission files disciplinary charges against officer Michael Mattioli over fatal chokehold," 10 July 2020 Adjust both the pepper and the sugar to your liking — serranos are likely to be hotter, and the lesser amount of sugar will give you a drink that’s closer to the classic tart margarita. M. Carrie Allan, Washington Post, "Refreshing cocktails to carry us through a summer like no other," 8 July 2020 So the car's suspension is more firmly sprung than lesser Bentleys and Rollers, and has more stringent roll control. Barry Winfield, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1994 Bentley Turbo R Brings the Old World into the New," 7 July 2020 According to the charge, the other Facebook employees who are currently in the same role that Winns, applied for have similar or lesser experience or education than him, and are all White. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Black Facebook employee and two job applicants file EEOC complaint alleging discrimination," 2 July 2020 Cardinals, lesser goldfinches and other seed-eating birds will also appreciate access to the seed. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: More herbs that work in San Antonio gardens and when to plant them: lemongrass, chives, tarragon and thyme," 2 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The 1973 original is one of Disney’s lesser-known classics, reimagining the Robin Hood legend with a forest full of foxes, bears, and tyrannical, thumb-sucking lions — all soundtracked by Roger Miller’s folksy guitar. Devan Coggan, EW.com, "Disney’s Robin Hood is getting a live-action/CG remake, too," 10 Apr. 2020 The conspiracy has been spread by celebrities, including Woody Harrelson and John Cusack, as well as lesser known influencers and online trolls. Billy Perrigo, Time, "How Coronavirus Fears Have Amplified a Baseless But Dangerous 5G Conspiracy Theory," 9 Apr. 2020 Athletes, particularly those who are lesser known or are in sports that get little attention outside the Games, get exposure. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "US Olympic and Paralympic Committee cancels Tokyo media summit due to coronavirus fears," 9 Mar. 2020 Photos: Getty Alongside full employment and stable prices, the Federal Reserve has another, lesser known mandate: to be the adult in the economy. Greg Ip, WSJ, "The Fed Needs to Be the Adult in the Economy," 12 June 2019 Royse sees a second benefit: exposing students who will soon enter the work world to lesser-known career possibilities. Gabriel Popkin, Washington Post, "For D.C. students, lessons in growth, of the garden variety," 16 Nov. 2019 But for lesser-known candidates, fringe media can be a powerful boost. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "YouTube shows have become a secret weapon for rising politicians," 20 Aug. 2019 The senator is among more than a dozen lesser-known candidates struggling to break through in the crowded Democratic field. Tina Daunt, latimes.com, "Joe Biden has raised $21.5 million since April, his campaign says," 3 July 2019 But will Londoner's interest wane as lesser-known teams fly over? Motez Bishara, CNN, "MLB London Series: Yankees crush Red Sox as league comes out winning," 1 July 2019

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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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31 Jul 2020

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“Lesser.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lesser. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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