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least

EN[liːst] [-iːst]
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    Definition of least in English Dictionary

  • AdverbBFlittleCOMlessCOMlesserCOMlittlerSUPlittlest
    1. Used for forming superlatives of adjectives, especially those that do not form the superlative by adding -est.
      1. It was the least surprising thing.
    2. In the smallest or lowest degree; in a degree below all others.
      1. to reward those who least deserve it
  • Preposition
    1. INF (nonstandard) At least.
    2. Determiner
      1. superlative form of little: most little;The smallest amount of.
        1. He earns the least money in his family.   Of all the sisters, she has the least patience.   I can only afford to pay the least of the bills. ‎
    3. More Examples
      1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
        • That Goliath is so big and strong, the little man will never stand a chance against him if he on his wrong side.
        • When all depart, when Complements are loud, / Be sure to mix among the thickest Crowd: / There I will be, and there we cannot miss, / Perhaps to Grubble, or at least to Kiss.
        • When I think back on those times we shared together, I can't help but feel a little sad.
      2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
        • Little wonder, then, that the “Martian” novel and now the movie (due Oct. 2) come with the imprimatur of all that is nerdly.
        • Little did anyone suspect that the military attaché was one of the world's craftiest spies.
        • Little Johnny started to anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus a week before Christmas.
      3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
        • Generally those with more responsibility outearn those with less.
        • The members’ real innovation is their embrace of a Finnish polkalike genre called humppa, which sounds — well, like it sounds, more or less.
        • Things have been better since the boss has been laying off a little.
    • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
      1. Phrases
        • Prepositional phrases
        • Adjectives
          • Adjective forms
            • Adjective superlative forms
          • Adverbs
            • Degree adverbs
            • Determiners
              • Prepositions
                • Prepositional phrases
              Related Links:
              1. en leastways
              2. en leastest
              3. en leastness
              4. en leastwise
              5. en leastaways
              Source: Wiktionary
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              Meaning of least for the defined word.

              Grammatically, this word "least" is a phrase, more specifically, a prepositional phrase. It's also an adjective, more specifically, an adjective form. It's also an adverb, more specifically, a degree adverb. It's also a determiner. It's also a preposition, more specifically, a prepositional phrase.
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