Find the word definition

Crossword clues for least

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
at least one occasion (=once, and probably more than once)
▪ On at least one occasion he was arrested for robbery.
could at least
▪ You could at least say that you’re sorry.
least worst
▪ Often it’s a question of choosing the least worst option.
less/least likely
▪ The smallest puppies are the least likely to survive.
not in the least bit
▪ I’m not in the least bit interested in whose fault it is.
or at least
▪ We’ve cleaned it all up, or at least most of it.
sth happens when you least expect it
▪ Bad luck tends to happen when you least expect it.
last but not least
Last but not least, I would like to thank my wife for her support.
Last but not least, let me introduce Jane, our new accountant.
▪ And last but not least, I thank Begona Canup for her interest in the book.
▪ Social Security has reduced poverty, and last, but by no means least, it has been a good deal for participants.
▪ And last but not least, the baby of the family.
▪ And last but not least, there are all those damn kids sharing files and scaring the media moguls shiftless.
▪ And, last but not least, its growth and production has a huge impact on the environment we live in.
▪ And, last but not least, my cousin Bishop Malduin of Kinrimund with, no doubt, his stepson Colban.
▪ And, last but not least, they might re-read the scores while listening.
the line/path of least resistance
▪ If you take the line of least resistance or fail to be consistent, you will actually make things worse.
▪ Political will in such situations is a low explosive, blasting along the lines of least resistance.
▪ Pretty soon, the water, which follows the path of least resistance, has its own plan for your driveway.
▪ The priesthood built itself and if we help it along we are only following the line of least resistance.
▪ Usually he just takes the line of least resistance.
▪ When it constructs its tunnel underground the rabbit, naturally enough, takes the line of least resistance.
to say the least
▪ As captain and opening bat, he's an important member of the side, to say the least.
▪ Cartoonish, to say the least.
▪ It is a bizarre setting, to say the least, where the boredom and indifference can be measured in metric tons.
▪ The lamps look, to say the least, unreliable.
▪ The outlook for their national teams is, to say the least, uncertain.
▪ The results of these experiments were, to say the least, puzzling to the researchers.
▪ There would be a bit of confusion, to say the least.
▪ Try as she might, her working relationship with Stephanie Marsa was strained to say the least.
▪ Air-conditioning is standard except on the least expensive model.
▪ Car problems happen when you least expect them.
▪ I was the least experienced member of the expedition.
▪ Portugal would be my least favourite choice.
▪ The people who are least able to afford healthcare are often the ones who need it most.
▪ The tax hits those who can least afford it.
▪ We were the least successful team in the competition.
▪ Which job would you least like to do?
▪ Alex Ferguson will have loved this, not least because questions had started to be asked of his team and star names.
▪ It is also the explanation of political behavior that has been least fully explored by means of social scientific inquiry.
▪ Last but not least, community projects include events such as school quizzes, sheltered shopping and the annual Aberdeen Carnival.
▪ Not least there are hints on organising your new crew.
▪ Not least, it reduces the time in which the specification can be changed.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Least \Least\, adv. In the smallest or lowest degree; in a degree below all others; as, to reward those who least deserve it.


Least \Least\, conj. See Lest, conj. [Obs.]


Least \Least\ (l[=e]st), a. [OE. last, lest, AS. l[=ae]sast, l[=ae]sest, superl. of l[=ae]ssa less. See Less, a.] [Used as the superlative of little.] Smallest, either in size or degree; shortest; lowest; most unimportant; as, the least insect; the least mercy; the least space.

Note: Least is often used with the, as if a noun.

I am the least of the apostles.
--1 Cor. xv. 9.

At least, or At the least, at the least estimate, consideration, chance, etc.; being no less than; hence, at any rate; at all events; even. See However.

He who tempts, though in vain, at least asperses The tempted with dishonor.

Upon the mast they saw a young man, at least if he were a man, who sat as on horseback.
--Sir P. Sidney.

In least, or In the least, in the least degree, manner, etc. ``He that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.''
--Luke xvi. 10.

Least squares (Math.), a method of deducing from a number of carefully made yet slightly discordant observations of a phenomenon the most probable values of the unknown quantities.

Note: It takes as its fundamental principle that the most probable values are those which make the sum of the squares of the residual errors of the observation a minimum.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English læst, earlier læsest "smallest" (superlative of lytel "small"), from Proto-Germanic superlative *laisistaz (see less). Qualifying phrase at least is Middle English æt læstan. As a noun, from early 12c.; as an adverb, c.1200.


adv. 1 Used for forming superlatives of adjectives, especially those that do not form the superlative by adding ''-est''. 2 In the smallest or lowest degree; in a degree below all others. det. (en-superlativelittle);The smallest amount of [something Appendix:Glossary#uncountable].


adv. used to form the superlative; "The garter snake is the least dangerous snake" [syn: to the lowest degree] [ant: most]

  1. adj. the superlative of `little' that can be used with mass nouns and is usually preceded by `the'; a quantifier meaning smallest in amount or extent or degree; "didn't care the least bit"; "he has the least talent of anyone" [syn: least(a)] [ant: most(a)]

  2. minimal in magnitude; "lowest wages"; "the least amount of fat allowed"; "the smallest amount" [syn: lowest, smallest]

  3. having or being distinguished by diminutive size; "the least bittern" [syn: littlest, smallest]


Least may refer to:

  • Little
  • Child
  • less

Usage examples of "least".

Lionel Brown had fractured his left leg in at least two places, broken his left wrist, and probably crushed a couple of ribs.

Darcy will be departing Said Ababa with at least five million dollars in liquid assets.

At least half of them were mush-skinned Abaddon corpses, walking dead.

Evidently, somewhere near Aberdeen there is at least one mine from which platinum is extracted.

Such a work is now attempted--would it were by another and abler hand-- which, imperfect as it is, may at least offer some useful suggestions, give a right direction to political thought, although it should fail to satisfy the mind of the reader.

Elwyn might not hurt him deliberately, but it was at least even money that she would drop him, or forget him in some inconvenient place, or absentmindedly lead him into a Chaotic Zone if she could find one.

All this, if you please, because I have brought away the image of a god that none of their forefathers can have seen for generations, since the tablets buried with it, written in old Accadian, show that it was set beneath the angle of the temple, probably in a time of danger at least a thousand years ago.

But after the court of the Achaemenid, that of Magadha was provincial, to say the least.

Also, whenever possible, the Achaemenid tries to leave at least the semblance of power to the old ruling houses.

No one ever had trouble hearing what Adams had to say, nor was there ever the least ambiguity about what he meant.

That it was, at the least, inconsistent for slave owners to be espousing freedom and equality was not lost on Adams, any more than on others on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

La Vauguyon, a plump and personable young man whom Adams genuinely liked, spent the next several hours trying to dissuade him, urging that at the least he wait for an opinion from Vergennes.

But it was also clear to Adams that neither Jefferson nor Madison had the least desire to work with the administration, and thus he could expect no help from any of the Republicans.

French Revolution, which Adams read at least twice and with delight, since he disagreed with nearly everything she said.

The streets were deserted--or at least they seemed to be--as Stevie and Adonis made their way down a back alley and, after disarming the security system, entered her home.