less Definition

  • 1a smaller amount of; not as much
  • 2without, lacking

Using less: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "less" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I have less money than you.

  • Example

    He is less experienced than his colleagues.

  • Example

    The cake was less sweet than I expected.

  • Example

    She is less interested in sports than her brother.

less Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with less

  • the idea that simplicity and understatedness lead to better design and aesthetics


    The architect believed in the principle of 'less is more' and designed a minimalist house.

  • used to indicate that something is below or lower than a particular amount or level


    The temperature outside is less than zero degrees Celsius.

  • less and less

    gradually decreasing in amount or frequency


    He has been going to the gym less and less these days.


Summary: less in Brief

The word 'less' [les] is an adjective that means a smaller amount of something. It can also mean without or lacking something. It is often used to compare two things, as in 'I have less money than you.' 'Less' is commonly used in phrases like 'less is more,' which means that simplicity is better than complexity, and 'less than,' which indicates that something is below a certain amount or level.

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