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less

  

      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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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
exp.
to take OR bring somebody down a notch means to make them behave less arrogantly or proudly.

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