at least

adverb
1. if nothing else (`leastwise' is informal and `leastways' is colloquial) (Freq. 60)
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at least he survived

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they felt—at any rate Jim felt—relieved though still wary

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the influence of economists—or at any rate of economics—is far-reaching

Syn: ↑leastways, ↑leastwise, ↑at any rate
Usage Domain: ↑colloquialism
2. not less than (Freq. 57)
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at least two hours studying the manual

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a tumor at least as big as an orange

Syn: ↑at the least
Ant: ↑at the most (for: ↑at the least), ↑at most

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I
see least
II
1) not less than; at the minimum

clean the windows at least once a week

2) if nothing else (used to add a positive comment about a generally negative situation)

the options aren't complete, but at least they're a start

3) anyway (used to modify something just stated)

they seldom complained-officially at least

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at least
1 : not less than a specified amount, level, etc.

At least once a year, we visit our grandparents.

We meet at least once a month. = We meet once a month at least.

You must be at least 21 years of age to enter.

He was at least six feet tall.

He must have at least 300 CDs!

2
— used to say that something (such as a bad situation) could be or have been worse

The weather was cold, but at least it didn't rain.

I was tired and hungry, but at least I was free.

We don't have much money, but at least we still have each other.

3
— used to indicate the smallest or easiest thing that someone can or should do

Well, he could have at least apologized.

4 a
— used to indicate that the truth of a statement might change or has changed

We're going to have a picnic, at least if it doesn't rain.

I'm fine for now at least. [=I'm fine for now although I may not be fine later]

He was unknown in the music world, at least until recently.

4 b
— used to indicate that the truth of a previous statement is not certain

Her name is Sue, or at least I think it is.

He is coming today. At least that's what he told me.

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Main Entry:least

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at ˈleast idiom
1. not less than

It'll cost at least 500 dollars.

She must be at least 40.

Cut the grass at least once a week in summer.

I've known her at least as long as you have.

2. used to add a positive comment about a negative situation

She may be slow but at least she's reliable.

3. even if nothing else is true or you do nothing else

You could at least listen to what he says.

Well, at least they weren't bored.

4. used to limit or make what you have just said less definite
Syn: anyway

They seldom complained— officially at least.

It works, at least I think it does.

Main entry:leastidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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