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      determiner  
1   
a       the comparative of       little       1  
less sugar, less spirit than before     
b    (as pronoun; functioning as sing or pl)  
she has less than she needs, the less you eat, the less you want     
2    usually preceded by: no   lower in rank or importance  
no less a man than the president, St. James the Less     
3    no less  
Informal   used to indicate surprise or admiration, often sarcastic, at the preceding statement  
she says she's been to Italy, no less     
4    less of   to a smaller extent or degree  
we see less of John these days, less of a success than I'd hoped     
      adv  
5    the comparative of a little  
she walks less than she should, less quickly, less beautiful     
6    much or still less   used to reinforce a negative  
we don't like it, still less enjoy it     
7    think less of   to have a lower opinion of  
      prep  
8    subtracting; minus  
three weeks less a day     
     (Old English læssa (adj), læs (adv, n))  
Less should not be confused with fewer. Less refers strictly only to quantity and not to number: there is less water than before. Fewer means smaller in number: there are fewer people than before  


-less  
      suffix forming adjectives  
1    without; lacking  
speechless     
2    not able to (do something) or not able to be (done, performed, etc.)  
countless     
     (Old English -las, from leas lacking)  
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n.
Wood where the log is first quartered lengthways, resulting in wedges with right angles in the centre of the log. Less prone to shrinkage and is more stable. Used in barrel-making.
exp.
to take OR bring somebody down a notch means to make them behave less arrogantly or proudly.
n.
cent<<non>> font moins mal qu'un <<oui >> jamais tenu
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