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Etymology

Old English læs

Pronunciation

Adverb

less

  1. to smaller extent
  2. in lower degree
    None the less.

Translations

Determiner

less(superlative least)

  1. Comparative form of little
    I have less than you have.
    I have less tea than coffee.
    (proscribed) Ten items or less (see usage notes, or entry at fewer).

Usage notes

Many people restrict less as a determiner to mean smaller in size or amount. They proscribe the use of less to mean smaller in number, for which fewer is the preferred adjective.
However, the proscribed usage is very common, and considered to be normal usage in some regions. See fewer for a complete discussion.

Preposition

less

  1. minus; not including
    It should then tax all of that as personal income, less the proportion of the car's annual mileage demonstrably clocked up on company business.

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