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least

 (lēst)
adj.A superlative of little
1. Lowest in importance or rank.
2.
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.
n.
One that is the lowest or smallest in importance, rank, magnitude, or degree: The dinner menu is the least of my worries tonight. The least you can do is to be polite.
Idioms:
at least
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 at least 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- in Indo-European roots.]

least

(liːst)
determiner
1.
a. the least the superlative of little: you have the least talent of anyone.
b. (as pronoun; functioning as sing): least isn't necessarily worst.
2. at least
a. if nothing else: you should at least try.
b. at the least
3. at the least at least at the minimum: at the least you should earn a hundred pounds.
4. in the least (usually used with a negative) in the slightest degree; at all: I don't mind in the least.
adv
the least superlative of little: they travel the least of all.
adj
of very little importance or rank
[Old English lǣst, superlative of lǣssa less]

least

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adj. a superl. of little with less or lesser as compar.
1. smallest in size, amount, degree, etc.; slightest: to pay the least amount of attention.
2. lowest in consideration, position, or importance.
n.
3. something that is least; the least amount, quantity, degree, etc.
adv.
4. superl. of little with less as compar. to the smallest extent, amount, or degree: That's the least important question of all.
Idioms:
1. at least,
a. at the lowest estimate or figure.
b. at any rate; in any case.
2. not in the least, not in the smallest degree; not at all.
[before 950; Middle English leest(e), Old English lǣst, superlative of lǣssa less]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.least - something that is of no importance; "it is the least I can do"; "that is the least of my concerns"
affair, matter, thing - a vaguely specified concern; "several matters to attend to"; "it is none of your affair"; "things are going well"
Adj.1.least - the superlative of `little' that can be used with mass nouns and is usually preceded by `the'; a quantifier meaning smallest in amount or extent or degree; "didn't care the least bit"; "he has the least talent of anyone"
superlative - an exaggerated expression (usually of praise); "the critics lavished superlatives on it"
most - the superlative of `much' that can be used with mass nouns and is usually preceded by `the'; a quantifier meaning the greatest in amount or extent or degree; "made the most money he could"; "what attracts the most attention?"; "made the most of a bad deal"
Adv.1.least - used to form the superlative; "The garter snake is the least dangerous snake"
most, to the highest degree - used to form the superlative; "the king cobra is the most dangerous snake"

least

determiner smallest, meanest, fewest, minutest, lowest, tiniest, minimum, slightest, minimal If you like cheese, go for the ones with the least fat.
at least at the minimum, at the very least, not less than Aim to have at least half a pint of milk a day.
Translations
أقل ما يُمْكِن، الأقَلالأَقَلُالأقَل
nejmenšínejméně
mindstsidst
pieninvähäisinvähin
najmanje
legkevésbélegkevesebblegkisebb
minnst, sístminnstur, òaî minnsta
最も少ない
최소의
bentmažiausiasnė kiekvisai ne
vismazākvismazākais
najmanjnajmanjšivsaj
minst
น้อยที่สุด
en azen az miktaren az/ufak miktardaminimum
tối thiểu

least

[liːst]
A. ADJ
1. SUPERL of little 2
1.1. (= minimum, smallest amount of) → menor
with the least possible delaycon el menor retraso posible, a la mayor brevedad posible (frm)
choose yoghurts which contain the least fatelija los yogures que contengan la menor cantidad de grasa
he didn't have the least difficulty decidingno le costó nada decidir
1.2. (= smallest, slightest) [idea, hint, complaint] → más mínimo
she wasn't the least bit jealousno estaba celosa en lo más mínimo
we haven't the least idea where he isno tenemos la más mínima or la menor idea de dónde está
the least thing upsets herse ofende a la mínima or por lo más mínimo
see also last 1 C1
see also line 1 A11
2. (in comparisons) → menos
he has the least moneyes el que menos dinero tiene
B. PRON
1. SUPERL of little 2
1.1. (= the very minimum) (gen) → lo menos; (= amount) → lo mínimo
"thanks, anyway" - "it was the least I could do"-gracias de todas formas -era lo menos que podía hacer
what's the least you are willing to accept?¿qué es lo mínimo que estás dispuesto a aceptar?
that's the least of iteso es lo de menos
the least said the bettercuanto menos se hable de eso mejor
accommodation was basic to say the leastel alojamiento era muy sencillo, por no decir otra cosa
least said, soonest mendedcuanto menos se diga, antes se arregla
1.2. (in comparisons) the country that spends the least on educationel país que menos (se) gasta en materia de enseñanza
that's the least of my worrieseso es lo que menos me preocupa
2.
in the least I don't mind in the leastno me importa lo más mínimo
Pete wasn't in the least in love with mePete no estaba ni mucho menos enamorado de mí
"don't you mind?" - "not in the least"-¿no te importa? -en absoluto or -para nada
3.
at least
3.1. (= not less than) → por lo menos, como mínimo, al menos
I must have slept for at least 12 hoursdebo de haber dormido por lo menos or como mínimo or al menos 12 horas
he earns at least as much as you dogana por lo menos or al menos tanto como tú
3.2. (= if nothing more) → al menos, por lo menos
we can at least tryal menos or por lo menos podemos intentarlo
3.3. (= for all that) → por lo menos, al menos
it's rather laborious but at least it is not dangerousrequiere bastante trabajo pero por lo menos or al menos no es peligroso
3.4. (= anyway) → al menos, por lo menos
Etta appeared to be asleep, at least her eyes were shutEtta parecía estar dormida, al menos or por lo menos tenía los ojos cerrados
3.5. at the (very) leastcomo mínimo, como poco
C. ADVmenos
the least expensive carel coche menos caro
they're the ones who need it the leastson los que menos lo necesitan
when least expectedcuando menos se espera
least of all mey yo menos, yo menos que nadie
no one knew, least of all menadie lo sabía, y yo menos
for a variety of reasons, not least because it is cheappor toda una serie de razones, entre ellas que es barato

least

[ˈliːst]
adv
the least → le moins(la)
the least expensive → le moins cher(la)(chère)
the least expensive hotel → l'hôtel le moins cher
the least expensive seat → la place la moins chère
the least expensive hotels → les hôtels les moins chers
the least expensive seats → les places les moins chères
when I least expected it → alors que je m'y attendais le moins
not least because → principalement parce que
n
the least → le moins
it's the least I can do → c'est le moins que je puisse faire
it was the least I could do → c'était la moindre des choses
not in the least → pas le moins du monde
to say the least → pour ne pas dire plus
at least (with figures, comparisons)au moins
It'll cost at least £200 → Ça va coûter au moins deux cents livres.
at least (= if nothing more) → au moins
You could at least have written → Tu aurais pu écrire au moins.
At least we know he is still alive → Au moins nous savons qu'il est toujours en vie.
It looks difficult but at least it is not dangerous → Cela a l'air difficile mais au moins ce n'est pas dangereux.
... but at least nobody was hurt → ... mais au moins personne n'a été blessé.
at least (= anyway) → du moins
I spotted my ex-wife; at least I thought I did → J'ai reconnu mon ex-femme; du moins j'ai cru la reconnaître.
It's totally unfair - at least, that's my opinion → C'est vraiment injuste - du moins c'est ce que je pense.
least of all → encore moins
No one ever reads these articles, least of all me → Personne ne lit ces articles, moi encore moins.
Such a speech should never have been made, least of all by a so-called responsible politician → Un tel discours n'aurait jamaisêtre prononcé, encore moins par un politicien soi-disant responsable.
adj
the least (smallest amount of)le moins de
the least money → le moins d'argent
the least (= smallest) → le moindre(la)
I haven't the least idea → Je n'en ai pas la moindre idée.
He doesn't have the least chance of winning → Il n'a pas la moindre chance de gagner.
the least bit
She wasn't the least bit surprised.; She wasn't in the least bit surprised → Elle n'était nullement surprise., Elle n'était pas le moins du monde surprise.

least

adj
(= slightest, smallest)geringste(r, s)
(with uncountable nouns) → wenigste(r, s); he has the least moneyer hat am wenigsten Geld
adv
(+vb) → am wenigsten; least of all would I wish to offend himauf gar keinen Fall möchte ich ihn beleidigen
(+adj) least possible expendituremöglichst geringe Kosten; the least expensive cardas billigste or preiswerteste Auto; the least important matterdas Unwichtigste; of all my worries that’s the least importantdas ist meine geringste Sorge; the least talented playerder am wenigsten talentierte Spieler; the least knownder/die/das Unbekannteste; the least interestingder/die/das Uninteressanteste; he’s the least aggressive of mener ist nicht im Mindesten or mindesten aggressiv; not the least bit drunkkein bisschen or nicht im Geringsten betrunken
n the leastder/die/das Geringste or wenigste; that’s the least of my worriesdarüber mache ich mir die wenigsten Sorgen; I have many worries, and money is the least of themich habe viele Sorgen, und Geld kümmert mich am wenigsten; it’s the least I can does ist das wenigste, was ich tun kann; you gave yourself the leastdu hast dir (selbst) am wenigsten gegeben; at least, I think soich glaube wenigstens; at least it’s not rainingwenigstens or zumindest regnet es nicht; we can at least trywir können es wenigstens versuchen; there were at least eightes waren mindestens acht da; we need at least threewir brauchen wenigstens or mindestens drei; we need three at the very leastallermindestens brauchen wir drei; there must have been twenty at the very leastes waren mindestens zwanzig da; at the very least you could apologizedu könntest dich wenigstens or zumindest entschuldigen; all nations love football, not least the Britishalle Völker lieben Fußball, nicht zuletzt die Briten; and that’s the least of itund das ist noch das wenigste; not in the least!nicht im Geringsten!, ganz und gar nicht!; he was not in the least upseter war kein bisschen or nicht im Geringsten verärgert; to say the leastum es milde zu sagen; the least said, the better, least said, soonest mended (Prov) → je weniger man darüber spricht, desto besser

least

[liːst] (little (superl of))
1. adjminimo/a, più piccolo/a
I haven't the least idea → non ne ho la minima idea
she wasn't in the least bit interested → non era minimamente interessata
she always orders whatever costs the least money → ordina sempre quello che costa di meno
that's the least of my worries → è la cosa che mi preoccupa di meno or che meno mi preoccupa, quella è l'ultima delle mie preoccupazioni
2. nminimo
it's the least one can do → è il minimo che si possa fare
to say the least → a dir poco
the least said about the meeting, the better → meno parliamo della riunione e meglio è
at least → almeno
I can at least try → posso sempre or almeno provarci
at the very least → come minimo
not in the least → per nulla or niente, affatto
3. advmeno
the least expensive car → l'auto meno cara
the least qualified girl → la ragazza meno qualificata
she is least able to afford it → è quella che se lo può permettere meno di tutti
least of all me → e men che meno io, tanto meno io
for a number of reasons, not least ... → per una serie di motivi, non ultimo il fatto che...

least

(liːst) adjective, pronoun
(something) which is the smallest or the smallest amount that exists, is possible etc. I think the least you can do is apologize!; She wanted to know how to do it with the least amount of bother.
adverb
(somethimes with the) to the smallest or lowest degree. I like her (the) least of all the girls; That is the least important of our problems.
at least
at any rate; anyway. I think she's well – at least she was when I saw her last.
not in the least
not at all. You're not disturbing me in the least!

least

الأَقَلُ nejmenší sidst geringster ελάχιστος más mínimo vähäisin minimum najmanje minimo 最も少ない 최소의 kleinste minst najmniejszy menos наименьший minst น้อยที่สุด en az tối thiểu 最小的

least

(super de little and few) adj menor; the least harm..el menor daño; adv menos; the least invasive option..la opción menos invasiva
References in classic literature ?
Amy, though the youngest, was a most important person, in her own opinion at least.
At least that is what the writer thought and the thought pleased him.
But there, I promised not to tell that part, at least until the young people themselves were ready to have a certain fact announced.
It did not strike her as in the least grotesque that she should be making of Robert the object of conversation and leading her husband to speak of him.
It is a circumstance worthy of observation, that while all America rang with his well-merited reputation, his name does not occur in any European account of the battle; at least the author has searched for it without success.
Big Toomai went up to the clerk with Little Toomai behind him, and Machua Appa, the head tracker, said in an undertone to a friend of his, "There goes one piece of good elephant stuff at least.
So, if all these things happen together, you have a good chance of seeing a Fairy--or at least a much better chance than if they didn't.
But Dorothy, knowing her to be a witch, had expected her to disappear in just that way, and was not surprised in the least.
This would put Prince in such good spirits that he would sometimes take the kit from his pocket and play a chord or two to astonish the baby, which I never knew it to do in the least degree, for my tiny namesake never noticed it at all.
From the embarrassed coldness of the officer, it was easy to see that on his side, at least, love had no longer any part in the matter.
That at least is my idea about friendship, and I am sure I am right.
But if we see his relation to anything around him, if we see his connection with anything whatever- with a man who speaks to him, a book he reads, the work on which he is engaged, even with the air he breathes or the light that falls on the things about him- we see that each of these circumstances has an influence on him and controls at least some side of his activity.