last but not least meaning, last but not least definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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least

  

Least is often considered to be the superlative form of little.     
1    You use at least to say that a number or amount is the smallest that is possible or likely and that the actual number or amount may be greater. The forms at the least and at the very least are also used.  
at least      phrase   PHR amount, amount PHR  
Aim to have at least half a pint of milk each day..., Normally it has only had eleven or twelve members in all. Now it will have seventeen at the very least.     
2    You use at least to say that something is the minimum that is true or possible. The forms at the least and at the very least are also used.  
at least      phrase   PHR with cl/group  
She could take a nice holiday at least..., At the least, I needed some sleep..., His possession of classified documents in his home was, at the very least, a violation of Navy security regulations.     
3    You use at least to indicate an advantage that exists in spite of the disadvantage or bad situation that has just been mentioned.  
at least      phrase   PHR with cl  
We've no idea what his state of health is but at least we know he is still alive..., If something awful happens to you at least you can write about it.     
4    You use at least to indicate that you are correcting or changing something that you have just said.  
at least      phrase   PHR with cl/group  
It's not difficult to get money for research or at least it's not always difficult...     
5       adj   You use the least to mean a smaller amount than anyone or anything else, or the smallest amount possible.  
the ADJ n     (Antonym: most)    I try to offend the least amount of people possible..., If you like cheese, go for the ones with the least fat.     
      Least is also a pronoun., pron   the PRON     (Antonym: most)    On education funding, Japan performs best but spends the least per student.     
      Least is also an adverb., adv   the ADV after v  
Damming the river may end up benefitting those who need it the least.     
6       adv   You use least to indicate that someone or something has less of a particular quality than most other things of its kind.  
ADV adj/adv     (Antonym: most)    The least experienced athletes had caused a great many false-starts through the day's proceedings...     
7       adj   You use the least to emphasize the smallness of something, especially when it hardly exists at all.  
the ADJ n     (emphasis)    I don't have the least idea of what you're talking about..., They neglect their duty at the least hint of fun elsewhere...     
8       adv   You use least to indicate that something is true or happens to a smaller degree or extent than anything else or at any other time.  
ADV with v     (Antonym: most)    He had a way of throwing her off guard with his charm when she least expected it.     
9       adj   You use least in structures where you are emphasizing that a particular situation or event is much less important or serious than other possible or actual ones.  
ADJ of def-n     (emphasis)    Having to get up at three o'clock every morning was the least of her worries..., At that moment, they were among the least of the concerns of the government.     
10       pron   You use the least in structures where you are stating the minimum that should be done in a situation, and suggesting that more should really be done.  
the PRON cl  
Well, the least you can do, if you won't help me yourself, is to tell me where to go instead..., The least his hotel could do is provide a little privacy.     
11    You can use in the least and the least bit to emphasize a negative.  
in the least      phrase   with brd-neg, PHR with cl, PHR adj     (emphasis)    I'm not like that at all. Not in the least..., I'm not in the least bit touched by the Marilyn Monroe kind of beauty..., Alice wasn't the least bit frightened.     
12    You use last but not least to say that the last person or thing to be mentioned is as important as all the others.  
last but not least             phrase   PHR with cl/group  
...her four sons, Christopher, twins Daniel and Nicholas, and last but not least 2-year-old Jack.     
13    You can use least of all after a negative statement to emphasize that it applies especially to the person or thing mentioned.  
least of all      phrase   with brd-neg, PHR cl/group     (emphasis)    No one ever reads these articles, least of all me..., Such a speech should never have been made, least of all by a so called responsible politician.     
14    You can use not least to emphasize a particularly important example or reason.  
not least      phrase   PHR cl/group     (emphasis)    Dieting can be bad for you, not least because it is a cause of stress..., Everyone is more reluctant to travel these days, not least the Americans.     
15    You can use to say the least to suggest that a situation is actually much more extreme or serious than you say it is.  
to say the least      phrase   PHR with cl     (emphasis)    Accommodation was basic to say the least..., Some members of the public can be a bit abusive to say the least.     
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
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last

  
[1]  
      adj  
1    aftermost, at the end, hindmost, rearmost  
2    latest, most recent  
3    closing, concluding, extreme, final, furthest, remotest, terminal, ultimate, utmost  
      adv  
4    after, behind, bringing up the rear, in or at the end, in the rear  
      n  
5    close, completion, conclusion, end, ending, finale, finish, termination  
6    at last      at length, at the end of the day, eventually, finally, in conclusion, in the end, in the fullness of time, ultimately  
  
Antonyms     
  
1    first, foremost, leading  
3    earliest, first, initial, introductory, opening  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

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exp.
Functions performed by electronic system independently but not connected to the cyberspace.
n.
first day date for calculation of pregnancy
For calculation of Pregnancy Age
n.
last days, hours or minutes of life
Medical term
exp.
non, pas encore
exp.
absolutely not; not in this lifetime
Slang expression used mostly in 19th century
v.
Not to include something
I want to try a diet that excludes dairy products.
exp.
not an easy task
id.
At a point where you know you have to make a decision that not only effects your life, not only the life of the objects you love but the ones that you consider as well. More than one crux will certainly cause an individual to have a dilemma or two.
v.
like a cocoon not an infection.
exp.
a humorous way of saying that someone doesn't like or love the speaker.
[Hum.] E.g.: You've seen the way she treated me last time we met. It's clear: she loves me not.
exp.
not right; out of order; not functioning properly
adj.
(about persons) not to be trusted; dangerous
exp.
be/not be interested in getting married and having a family
v.
avoid or at least minimize risks ; choose the safest way in case of doubt
to be on the safe side ; play safe
v.
lower a price at the last minute to secure a sale
the chamber pot meaning is the NOUN. This is the verb.
n.
a technology item that a young person no longer uses and hands over to an older person, after having purchased a last generation product
[Bus.];[Tech.]
n.
something not worthy; something of poor quality; a crap
[Slang] This book is a bag of wank, I am disappointed.
exp.
not matter; have no value or effect; be useless
n.
Free On Board: A legal term meaning that when the seller loads merchandise for transportation, he bears full responsibility for it but if the merchandise is later lost or harmed, the buyer suffers the loss.
n.
A currency coin worth $1.00 in Canada. Bigger than a quarter but smaller than a tooney.
looney also can mean strange or weird. ex.He had always been a little bit looney.
exp.
A thing which ought to be perfectly vertical but which through fault is slanting is said to be off plumb.
n.
the complete opposite of a sugar daddy, one who tries, but is broke and fronting.
[Slang] salty mama
n.
a person who thinks about being an entrepreneur or starting a business but never gets started.
exp.
have a powerful impact on someone; impress; generate an emotion (positive, but also negative)
it can be used to describe a feeling of fear or a positive emotion; e.g.: "This violin music gives me the chills" or "Being all alone in that old house after dark...it gave me the chills."
n.
business linked to the Internet but also to traditional economy
INTERNET
n.
this expression means 'he is very good at criticizing others but he can't accept criticism from others'
exp.
when you are happy, people will want to be around you and share your happiness, but when you are sad, people will avoid you.
id.
expression meaning that one should not criticize someone else for a mistake that he/she also makes or a flaw that he/she also has

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