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The whole world appears to me like a huge vacuum, a vast empty space, whence nothing desirable, or at least satisfactory, can possibly be derived; and I long daily to die more and more to it; even though I obtain not that comfort from spiritual things which I earnestly desire.
David Brainerd

Meaning of "least" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD LEAST

Old English lǣst, superlative of lǣssaless.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF LEAST

least  [liːst] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF LEAST

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Least can act as an adjective, an adverb and a determiner.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

The adverb is an invariable part of the sentence that can change, explain or simplify a verb or another adverb.

The determinant is a modifier that provides context to the noun, often in terms of quantity and possession.

WHAT DOES LEAST MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of least in the English dictionary

The definition of least in the dictionary is of very little importance or rank.


WORDS THAT RHYME WITH LEAST


artiste
ɑːˈtiːst
batiste
bæˈtiːst
beast
biːst
creased
kriːst
deceased
dɪˈsiːst
east
iːst
feast
fiːst
garagiste
ˌɡærɑːˈʒiːst
geest
ɡiːst
increased
ɪnˈkriːst
Mideast
ˌmɪdˈiːst
modiste
məʊˈdiːst
northeast
ˌnɔːθˈiːst
piste
piːst
priest
priːst
southeast
ˌsaʊθˈiːst
triste
triːst
ungreased
ʌnˈɡriːst
visagiste
ˌviːzɑːˈʒiːst
yeast
jiːst

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE LEAST

leasable
lease
lease-lend
leaseback
leasehold
leasehold reform
leaseholder
leaser
leash
leasing
leasow
least common denominator
least common multiple
least squares
least-worst
leastaways
leastways
leastwise
leat
leather

WORDS THAT END LIKE LEAST

abreast
at least
at the least
breast
brewer´s yeast
chicken breast
chimney breast
east-southeast
in the least
last but not least
moveable feast
reast
redbreast
south-southeast
the east
the least
the northeast
the Southeast
to say the least
wedding feast

Synonyms and antonyms of least in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «LEAST»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «least» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of least

Translation of «least» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF LEAST

Find out the translation of least to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of least from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «least» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

最小的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

más mínimo
570 millions of speakers

English

least
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

कम से कम
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الأَقَلُ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

наименьший
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

menos
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

অন্তত
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

minimum
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Paling kurang
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

geringster
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

最も少ない
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

최소의
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Paling ora
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

tối thiểu
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

குறைந்தது
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

किमान
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

en az
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

minimo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

najmniejszy
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

найменший
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

cel mai puțin
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ελάχιστος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

minste
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

minst
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

minst
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of least

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «LEAST»

The term «least» is very widely used and occupies the 1.399 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «LEAST» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about least

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10 QUOTES WITH «LEAST»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word least.
1
Floyd Abrams
I really try at least to come back and answer the question as to whether that was really the best way to do that and was I really thinking straight and how did my opponents behave and how did the judges behave was needed.
2
Alan Alda
If I can't get the girl, at least give me more money.
3
Odette Annable
I think I'm pretty fearless. I like to try things at least once, things that I never thought that I would try.
4
Lee Atwater
Most of the time I was in grammar school through high school, I was in some kind of rock n' roll band. I would say that at least 80 percent of my energy was involved with whatever band I was involved in.
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David Brainerd
The whole world appears to me like a huge vacuum, a vast empty space, whence nothing desirable, or at least satisfactory, can possibly be derived; and I long daily to die more and more to it; even though I obtain not that comfort from spiritual things which I earnestly desire.
6
Marlon Brando
If we are not our brother's keeper, at least let us not be his executioner.
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Ben Brantley
Theater criticism should be visceral, at least on some level, an articulation of that fierceness and passion. I usually do a fair amount of research before I see a show - on the history of previous productions (if it's a revival) and the creative team.
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Chester Brown
Almost every scene, I re-think as I'm about to start drawing it, and at least half of the time I'm changing dialogue or whatever, or adding scenes or different things.
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Hoagy Carmichael
Never play anything that don't sound right. You might not make any money, but at least you won't get hostile with yourself.
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Oleg Cassini
I have programmed myself to be at least 105 years old.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «LEAST»

Discover the use of least in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to least and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Numerical Methods for Least Squares Problems
The method of least squares: the principal tool for reducing the influence of errors when fitting models to given observations.
Ake Björck, 1996
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Linear Least Squares Computations
Presenting numerous algorithms in a simple algebraic form so that the reader can easily translate them into any computer language, this volume gives details of several methods for obtaining accurate least squares estimates.
Farebrother, 1988
3
The Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the ...
Describes the basic steps of creating, discusses the creative cycle, and shows how to use these skills to reshape one's life
Robert Fritz, 1989
4
Dynamic Data Assimilation: A Least Squares Approach
This book is designed to be a basic one-stop reference for graduate students and researchers.
John M. Lewis, S. Lakshmivarahan, Sudarshan Dhall, 2006
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Least-Squares Finite Element Methods: Finite Element Methods
This book offers a thorough and systematic examination of theoretical and computational aspects of least-squares finite element methods.
Pavel B. Bochev, Max D. Gunzburger, 2009
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Least Squares Data Fitting with Applications
Anyone working with problems of linear and nonlinear least squares fitting will find this book invaluable as a hands-on guide, with accessible text and carefully explained problems.
Per Christian Hansen, Víctor Pereyra, Godela Scherer, 2012
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Handbook of Partial Least Squares: Concepts, Methods and ...
This handbook provides a comprehensive overview of Partial Least Squares (PLS) methods with specific reference to their use in marketing and with a discussion of the directions of current research and perspectives.
Vincenzo Esposito Vinzi, Wynne W. Chin, Jörg Henseler, 2010
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Blue Highways: A Journey into America
Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads.
William Least Heat-Moon, 2012
9
Solving Least Squares Problems
This Classic edition includes a new appendix which summarizes the major developments since the book was originally published in 1974.
Charles L. Lawson, Richard J. Hanson, 1995
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Least Cost Analysis of Social Landscapes: Archaeological ...
This edited volume presents a series of case studies illustrating the intersection of archaeology and LCA modeling at the practical, methodological, and theoretical levels.
Devin A. White, Sarah L Surface-Evans, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «LEAST»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term least is used in the context of the following news items.
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Shiite rebel shelling in Yemen near Aden kills at least 45 - US News
Shiite rebel shelling near Yemen's port city of Aden kills at least 45 people ... city's neighborhoods, killing at least 45 people and wounding 120, ... «U.S. News & World Report, Jul 15»
2
Gold Speculators Least Bullish on Record as Rate Rise Approaches …
Janet Yellen's optimism about the U.S. economy is making gold speculators the least bullish on record. Money managers are holding the ... «Bloomberg, Jul 15»
3
The 10 least affordable cities in the world
As high as the cost of living in New York or San Francisco might be, neither city is the most expensive in the world. That distinction goes to ... «Business Insider, Jul 15»
4
Beijing Police Detain at Least 4 Over Uniqlo Sex Video - The New …
The Beijing police have detained at least four people on suspicion of uploading or distributing a video of a couple having sex in a Uniqlo fitting ... «New York Times, Jul 15»
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At least two injured in Interstate 83 crash in York County | WPMT …
At least two people were injured in a car crash along Interstate 83 in York county Sunday night. It happened around 11:00 p.m. near mile ... «FOX43.com, Jul 15»
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Commentary: For now at least, RIP SODO Arena | Q13 FOX News
... the “Occupy SODO Arena” movement has come to a complete halt. And all of its opponents, for now at least, can breathe a big sigh of relief. «Q13 FOX, Jul 15»
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Twins-Athletics: Sano out at least a few days with right ankle sprain …
Miguel Sano is out of the lineup because of a right ankle sprain suffered before yesterday's game. Sano was in the middle of first base drills ... «Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jul 15»
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Gold Speculators Are the Least Bullish on Record - Bloomberg …
Recent data is showing that investors are avoiding gold and most precious metals. Bloomberg's Shery Ahn reports on “Asia Edge.” (Source: ... «Bloomberg, Jul 15»
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At Least 3 Dead After Floodwaters Destroy Ohio Family's Mobile …
At Least 3 Dead After Floodwaters Destroy Ohio Family's Mobile Home; Water Rescues Performed in Illinois. By Carolyn Williams. Published ... «The Weather Channel, Jul 15»
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Least terns found in several area locations - Herald-Times
Least terns found in several area locations By Cathy Meyer Special to the ... Both black and least terns species are endangered species in ... «The Herald-Times, Jul 15»

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