least

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least is part of the Basic English 850.

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Determiner
little

Comparative
less

Superlative
least

  1. the smallest amount of; little of
    She does the most cleaning, but the least cooking.
    Nobody works hard, but she does the least.
    He was not the least bit interested my ideas.
    This accident is the least of our problems.
    It will take two months at the very least.
    No German, least of all the East Germans, wanted Soviet troops to stay.

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Adverb[change]

Positive
none

Comparative
less

Superlative
least

  1. Having the smallest amount of a characteristic in a group.
    People are least likely to live in the far north.
    The phone always rings just when you least expect it.

Usage[change]

Least describes the negative superlative form of all comparable adjectives. For example, with the adjective intelligent, the negative superlative is least intelligent. A similar form is the negative comparative (as in less intelligent).

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