—used to emphasize that something is regarded as impressive or surprising wants to be driven to the airport, in a limousine no less

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Synonyms & Antonyms Less vs. Fewer: Usage Guide More Example Sentences Learn More About less

Synonyms & Antonyms for less

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Less vs. Fewer: Usage Guide


The traditional view is that less applies to matters of degree, value, or amount and modifies collective nouns, mass nouns, or nouns denoting an abstract whole while fewer applies to matters of number and modifies plural nouns. Less has been used to modify plural nouns since the days of King Alfred and the usage, though roundly decried, appears to be increasing. Less is more likely than fewer to modify plural nouns when distances, sums of money, and a few fixed phrases are involved less than 100 miles an investment of less than $2000 in 25 words or less and as likely as fewer to modify periods of time. in less (or fewer) than four hours

Adjective We need less talk and more work! She finished in less time than I did. Less detail is sometimes better than more detail. 8 times 2 is less than 6 times 3. We made it there in less than six hours. The whole procedure takes less than five minutes. The illness affects less than one percent of the population. Adverb This test seemed much less difficult than the last one. Which test is the less difficult of the two? Do you have another one that"s less expensive? She visits much less often than she used to. They"re focusing more on quality and less on quantity. Their band is less concerned with making music than with making money. Preposition We earned two hundred dollars, less travel expenses. Adjective suffix my first painless day since leaving the hospital
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The state in the past allowed five media witnesses, although the number of outlets sending reporters is sometimes less than that. — From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 22 Oct. 2021 Trout catches have been less than before the freeze and inconsistent. — Matt Wyatt, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Oct. 2021 With less money earmarked for green assets spread across more deals, investors can be choosier about which to buy and can negotiate higher yields. — Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, 20 Oct. 2021 The cheapest Pixel 6 starts at $599, which is over $200 less than the iPhone 13, its direct rival. — Chris Smith, BGR, 20 Oct. 2021 Despite generally having significantly less money than peer institutions, women’s colleges give more. — Carrie Kerpen, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 So, a buyer could just buy the 825.6 acres for less money and forget about the rest. — Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Oct. 2021 Many of those young people are being reared in red states across the Sun Belt that spend relatively less money on services for children, including education and health care, Frey and other analysts note. — Ronald Brownstein, CNN, 12 Oct. 2021 Restaurants facing staffing crises have had to reduce indoor dining capacity, cut down hours or close entirely for extra days, meaning less money is coming in while costs increase. — Seamus Mcavoy, courant.com, 7 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Only 30% of Black Americans under 40 attend a Black church, according to the Pew study, and city data shows younger Black people are less likely than older generations to be vaccinated. — The New York Times, Arkansas Online, 10 Oct. 2021 Another study found that women who take frequent vacations are less likely to become tense, depressed, and tired. — Jessica Zucker, Travel + Leisure, 10 Oct. 2021 But days of stillness seem less likely to make the same sort of impression on us. — Martin Weil, Washington Post, 9 Oct. 2021 The people less likely to vote as well as those who are persuadable voters are more likely to be closer to the center of the aisle. — Harry Enten, CNN, 9 Oct. 2021 Substantial time missed this season would make Beecher less likely to turn pro with the Bruins in the spring. — BostonGlobe.com, 9 Oct. 2021 Children are less likely than adults to experience severe illness from the disease. — Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 9 Oct. 2021 Only 30 percent of Black Americans under 40 attend a Black church, according to the Pew study, and city data shows younger Black people are less likely than older generations to be vaccinated. — Liam Stack, New York Times, 9 Oct. 2021 The Spin 311 is a slightly less powerful Chromebook. — Matt Jancer, Wired, 8 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jobless and benefit-less: What should COVID-19"s economic victims do for health insurance? — Shefali Luthra, Phil Galewitz And Rachel Bluth, USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2020 Hassett warned that March job lesses could be among the worst on record. — Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 20 Mar. 2020 But that doesn"t make the scar (and the fall that preceded it) any less of an emotional trauma. — Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, 8 Oct. 2018 The have-lesses would dig in and hope to sneak something on the break. — Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 17 June 2018 Sometimes burp-less is used as a marketing term for Asian varieties of cucumbers. — The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, 19 May 2017 Studying at home makes child care less of an obstacle and cuts out commuting time. — Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, 4 Feb. 2018 The Giants were shut out for the first time 13 years at Arizona, pulse-less on offense. — Peter King, SI.com, 26 Dec. 2017 Sleek and Brushed Back Another way to help to minimize the exposure of the scalp is to go part-less with a sleek, brushed back, wet look. — Wendy Sy, Allure, 24 Oct. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Get ready for a lot less facial hair on your television. — Megan Friedman, Country Living, 17 Nov. 2016

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word "less." Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of jajalger2018.org or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of less


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1623, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for less

Adjective, Adverb, Noun, and Preposition

Middle English, partly from Old English lǣs, adverb & noun; partly from lǣssa, adjective; akin to Old Frisian lēs less

Adjective suffix

Middle English -les, -lesse, from Old English -lēas, from lēas devoid, false; akin to Old High German lōs loose, Old English losian to get lost — more at lose