How to use
not so much or to a smaller degree
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
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.
less than helpful/honest/enthusiastic etc
not at all helpful, honest etc
He was less than enthusiastic about the idea.
less and less
used to say that a quality, situation etc gradually decreases
more and more
As the years went by, he seemed to care less and less about his reputation.
Smoking in the workplace is becoming less and less acceptable.
used to say that a greater thing is even less true, likely, or possible than the thing you have just mentioned
These people can scarcely afford to buy food, still less luxury goods like perfume.
I didn't think Dave would ever read a book, much less write one himself.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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