less
adjective

smaller than, of a smaller size or of a smaller value

Examples
  • We do not grant credit for sums of less than £100.

  • He sold it for less than he had paid for it.

preposition

minus, with a sum removed

Examples
  • purchase price less 15 per cent discount

  • interest less service charges

adverb

not as much

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