at least


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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.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.at least - if nothing else (`leastwise' is informal and `leastways' is colloquial); "at least he survived"; "they felt--at any rate Jim felt--relieved though still wary"; "the influence of economists--or at any rate of economics--is far-reaching"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
2.at least - not less thanat least - not less than; "at least two hours studying the manual"; "a tumor at least as big as an orange"
at most, at the most - not more than; "spend at most $20 on the lunch"
Translations
على الأقَلعَلَى الأَقَلّ
alespoňpřinejmenším
i det mindstemindst
ainakinvähintään
baremnajmanje
legalább
minimal
aî minnsta kosti
少なくとも
적어도
co najmniejprzynajmniej
aspoň
åtminstone
อย่างน้อยที่สุด
en azındanhiç değilse
tối thiểu

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!

at least

عَلَى الأَقَلّ alespoň mindst mindestens τουλάχιστον al menos ainakin au moins barem almeno 少なくとも 적어도 ten minste i det minste przynajmniej pelo menos по крайней мере åtminstone อย่างน้อยที่สุด en azından tối thiểu 至少
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
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.
I am sure he will take the best wishes of all our hearts with him wherever he goes," said I; "and though they are not riches, he will never be the poorer for them, guardian, at least.
Longing to see a friendly face and receive a kind word, she crossed over, meaning to nod and smile 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.
I can't bear to think that everyone hasn't at least a chance of happiness.
If it did not smash him all to pieces, at least, I am sure, it must have made the poor little fellow's head ache.
If it was easy to reflect, however, that such a boy could postpone school, it was at least as marked that for such a boy to have been "kicked out" by a schoolmaster was a mystification without end.
And whether he liked school or not, at least we know that later, when he came to write plays, he made fun of schoolmasters.
Behold Pa waiting for Bella behind a pump, at least three miles from the parental roof-tree.
On ordinary days she at least tries to look demure, but on a Thursday she has had the assurance to use the glass door of the club as a mirror in which to see how she likes her engaging trifle of a figure to-day.