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Definition of "least" []

  • Lowest in importance or rank. (adjective)
  • Smallest in magnitude or degree. (adjective)
  • Slightest or tiniest: didn't care the least bit. (adjective)
  • To or in the lowest or smallest degree. (adverb)
  • 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. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "least" in a sentence
  • "Wait till she sends for you at least -- _at least_."
  • "The teaching seems to be that for one to deliberately break even the least commandment, while he will be saved ( "The least _in the kingdom of Heaven_") yet he will have no reward ( "_The least_ in the kingdom of Heaven")."
  • "At least in the countries where the greatest stress has been laid on that influence, and the greatest exertions made for it, the _least good_ has been done -- the Queen means in Spain, Portugal, and Greece."