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 Dictionary entry overview: What does at least mean? 

AT LEAST (adverb)
  The adverb AT LEAST has 2 senses:

1. if nothing else ('leastwise' is informal and 'leastways' is colloquial)
2. not less than

  Familiarity information: AT LEAST used as an adverb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

AT LEAST (adverb)

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If nothing else ('leastwise' is informal and 'leastways' is colloquial)


at least; leastways; leastwise; at any rate

Context examples:

at least he survived / they felt--at any rate Jim felt--relieved though still wary / the influence of economists--or at any rate of economics--is far-reaching

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)

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Not less than


at the least; at least

Context examples:

at least two hours studying the manual / a tumor at least as big as an orange


at most (not more than)

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