From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishlessless1 /les/ ●●●S1W1 adverb 🔊 🔊 1LESSnot so much or to a smaller degree opp more 🔊 Maybe he would worry less if he understood the situation. 🔊 In recent years she has appeared in public less frequently.less (...) than 🔊 Tickets were less expensive than I had expected.much/a lot/far less 🔊 Social class matters a lot less than it used to.not ... any the less/no less (=not less) 🔊 Your second point is no less important. 🔊 It’s a common problem but this doesn’t make it any the less disturbing. 🔊 I know he’s done a dreadful thing, but I don’t love him any the less.be less a ... than a ... (=be not so much like one thing as another) 🔊 ‘Will you please come with me?’ It was less a request than a command.2 →less than helpful/honest/enthusiastic etc3 →less and less4 →much/still less
less of• She spends less of her time playing tennis now.lessless3 preposition formal 🔊 🔊 COUNT/CALCULATEtaking away or not including a particular amount syn minus 🔊 What is 121 less 36? 🔊 He gave us our money back, less the $2 service charge.-less-less /ləs/ suffix [in adjectives] 🔊 🔊 1NOT HAVEwithout something 🔊 I felt powerless. 🔊 a childless couple 🔊 tasteless food2XXnot doing or using something 🔊 You’re too careless. 🔊 It’s perfectly harmless.3XXnot possible to treat or affect in a particular way 🔊 on countless occasions 🔊 She’s tireless.
Examples from the Corpus
-less• a tirelesshelper• ceaselesscomplaints• He was shirtless.From Longman Business Dictionarylessless /les/ prepositiontaking away a particular amount$150 less what you owe in taxes is $102.