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
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