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The synonyms of “Less” are: to a smaller extent, not so much, not as much
Less as an Adverb
Definitions of "Less" as an adverb
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “less” as an adverb can have the following definitions:
- To a smaller extent; not so much.
- Used to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbs.
- Comparative of little.
Synonyms of "Less" as an adverb (3 Words)
|not as much||To the same degree (often followed by `as.|
|not so much||Subsequently or soon afterward (often used as sentence connectors.|
|to a smaller extent||On a small scale.|
Usage Examples of "Less" as an adverb
- Less quickly.
- Less expensive.
- He listened less to the answer than to Kate's voice.
- That this is a positive stereotype makes it no less a stereotype.
- Cut out less important material.
- Less interesting.
Associations of "Less" (30 Words)
|almost||(of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but.|
Blues jazz he can play almost anything.
|bit||The cutting part of a drill usually pointed and threaded and is replaceable in a brace or bitstock or drill press.|
There are 8 bits in a byte.
|few||A quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `a’; a small but indefinite number.|
Few women have led troops in battle.
|handful||A small number or amount.|
Only a handful of people were in the pub.
An insignificant sum of money.
|iota||A tiny or scarcely detectable amount.|
Nothing she said seemed to make an iota of difference.
|least||Used in names of very small animals and plants e g least shrew.|
That is the least of my concerns.
|little||Used in names of animals and plants that are smaller than related kinds e g little grebe.|
When she was little she was always getting into scrapes.
|mere||Apart from anything else; without additions or modifications.|
Questions that cannot be answered by mere mortals.
|mini||Denoting a miniature version of something.|
A bouquet of mini carnations.
|minimal||Characterized by the repetition and gradual alteration of short phrases.|
The aircraft suffered minimal damage.
|minimum||The least possible.|
|minor||A minor term or premise.|
In collee she minored in mathematics.
|negligible||So small or unimportant as to be not worth considering; insignificant.|
The effect was negligible.
Five of us shared the poky little room.
|several||(used with count nouns) of an indefinite number more than 2 or 3 but not many.|
Specialists in their several fields.
|slight||An insult caused by a failure to show someone proper respect or attention.|
Watched her slight figure cross the street.
|slightly||(with reference to a person’s build) in a slender way.|
|small||A garment size for a small person.|
At dinner some of the smaller neighbours were invited.
|smattering||A small amount of something.|
Edward had only a smattering of Welsh.
|some||To some extent quite a lot.|
We did not meet again for some years.
|somewhat||To certain extent or degree.|
His arguments were somewhat self contradictory.
|soupcon||A slight but appreciable amount.|
|tapered||Becoming gradually narrower.|
Trousers with tapered legs.
|tenuous||Very thin in gauge or diameter.|
The tenuous link between interest rates and investment.
|trifle||A cold pudding made of layers of sponge cake spread with fruit or jelly; may be decorated with nuts, cream, or chocolate.|
The thousand yen he d paid seemed the merest trifle.
|trifling||The deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working.|
A trifling matter.
|trivial||Concerned with trivialities.|
Huge fines were imposed for trivial offences.
|undersized||Smaller than normal for its kind.|
The undersized cubs may not survive the winter.
|wee||(used informally) very small.|
The wee hours of the morning.