a bit

adverb
to a small degree; somewhat (Freq. 21)
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it's a bit warm

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felt a little better

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a trifle smaller

Syn: ↑a little, ↑a trifle

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he came back looking a bit annoyed

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a bit
1 : a little : somewhat or rather

I let it bother me a bit. [=slightly]

His house is down the street a bit further.

There's a bit too much sugar in the dessert, which makes it a bit too sweet.

I'm feeling a bit better today.

It's a bit like driving a car.

This one is a bit bigger than that one.

At first, I was a bit confused.

2 : a small amount or quantity : a little of something

They don't understand much–but they do understand a bit.

They saved money a bit at a time.

“How much cake is left?” “Only a (very little) bit.”

“How old is your daughter?” “She's two and a bit.” [=she's slightly older than two]

— often + of

They understand only a bit of [=a little of] what is going on.

There's a bit of both brown sugar and molasses in these cookies.

The job may cause you a bit of trouble.

His mind's already made up. It won't do you a bit of good to argue. [=it won't do you any good to argue]

3 a : a short period of time : a while

Let's wait a (little/wee) bit longer.

Repairs will begin in a bit more than a month.

He left but came back after a bit. [=he came back soon]

3 b : for a short period of time

Please stay here with me a bit.

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