adj.A superlative of little
1. Lowest in importance or rank.
a. Smallest in magnitude or degree.
b. Slightest or tiniest: didn’t care the least bit.
adv.Superlative of little
To or in the lowest or smallest degree.
One that is the lowest or smallest in importance, rank, magnitude, or degree: The dinner menu is the least of myworries tonight. The least you can do is to be polite.
1. According to the lowest possible assessment; not less than: We waited at least an hour.
2. Regardless of what has occurred or will occur; in any case: You might at least answer the letter.
3. Used to emphasize a somewhat positive aspect following a negative one: The results weren’t encouraging, but atleast they were accurate.
in the least
At all: I don’t mind in the least.
least of all
Particularly not: Nobody cared, least of all the manager.
[Middle English, from Old English lǣst; see leis-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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|Adv.||1.||at least – if nothing else (`leastwise’ is informal and `leastways’ is colloquial); “at least he survived”; “they felt–atany rate Jim felt–relieved though still wary”; “the influence of economists–or at any rate of economics–is far-reaching”
leastways, leastwise, at any rate
colloquialism – a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks toimitate informal speech
|2.||at least – not less than; “at least two hours studying the manual”; “a tumor at least as big asan orange”
at the least
at most, at the most – not more than; “spend at most $20 on the lunch”
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