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moins advadverbe: modifie un adjectif ou un verbe. Est toujours invariable ! Ex : "Elle est très grande." "Je marche lentement." (moindre, plus petit)less advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
 Il pleut moins aujourd'hui.
 It's raining less today.
moins ... que advadverbe: modifie un adjectif ou un verbe. Est toujours invariable ! Ex : "Elle est très grande." "Je marche lentement." (comparatif d'infériorité)less ... than advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
  not as ... as advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
 Sa voiture est moins puissante que la mienne.
 His car is less powerful than mine.
moins advadverbe: modifie un adjectif ou un verbe. Est toujours invariable ! Ex : "Elle est très grande." "Je marche lentement." (indique un nombre négatif)minus adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
 Il a gelé cette nuit, il y a moins 7 au thermomètre.
 There was a frost overnight. The thermometer was showing minus 7.
moins advadverbe: modifie un adjectif ou un verbe. Est toujours invariable ! Ex : "Elle est très grande." "Je marche lentement." (exprime les minutes qui manquent) (time)to preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours."
  (US)before preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours."
 Il est minuit moins cinq.
 It's five to midnight.
 It is five before midnight.
moins de advadverbe: modifie un adjectif ou un verbe. Est toujours invariable ! Ex : "Elle est très grande." "Je marche lentement." (une plus petite quantité) (with uncountable nouns)less adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
  (with countable nouns)fewer adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
  (with uncountable nouns)not as much adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
  (with countable nouns)not as many adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
Note: In informal spoken English, it is common, although grammatically incorrect, to use "less" with both countable and uncountable nouns.
 Dis moins de bêtises, s'il te plaît !
 Please talk less nonsense!
 I wish you'd say fewer stupid things!
moins nmnom masculin: s'utilise avec les articles "le", "l'" (devant une voyelle ou un h muet), "un". Ex : garçon - nm > On dira "le garçon" ou "un garçon". (Mathématiques : signe noté -)minus nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
  minus sign, subtraction sign nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
 On utilise + pour une addition et - pour une soustraction.
 Plus is used for an addition and minus for a subtraction.
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WordReference English-French Dictionary © 2017:

Formes composées
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à moins de (sauf si, excepté si)unless conjconjunction: Connects words, clauses, and sentences--for example, "and," "but," "because," "in order that."
 On ne peut pas acheter cette maison à moins de gagner au loto.
 We can't buy that house unless we win the lottery.
à moins que + [subjonctif] loc conjlocution conjonction: groupe de mots qui servent de conjonction. Ex : "parce que", "depuis que" (sauf si)unless conjconjunction: Connects words, clauses, and sentences--for example, "and," "but," "because," "in order that."
 Je serai là à 18 h, à moins que ma réunion s'éternise.
à plus ou moins brève échéance loc advlocution adverbiale: groupe de mots qui servent d'adverbe. Toujours invariable ! Ex : "avec souplesse" (assez rapidement)before long, before too long, sooner or later exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 Cette loi sera votée à plus ou moins brève échéance.
au moins loc advlocution adverbiale: groupe de mots qui servent d'adverbe. Toujours invariable ! Ex : "avec souplesse" (pour le moins)at least advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
au moins loc advlocution adverbiale: groupe de mots qui servent d'adverbe. Toujours invariable ! Ex : "avec souplesse" (cependant)at least advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
  that is exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
avoir une case en moins viverbe intransitif: verbe qui s'utilise sans complément d'objet direct (COD). Ex : "Il est parti." "Elle a ri." familierhave a screw loose, not be all there viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
beaucoup moins much less advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
beaucoup moins de  (with uncountable noun)much less, far less adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
  (with countable noun)far fewer advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
 Cette phrase n'est pas une traduction de la phrase originale. Much less work was done last Friday.
 Cette phrase n'est pas une traduction de la phrase originale. Far fewer students registered this year.
bien moins loc advlocution adverbiale: groupe de mots qui servent d'adverbe. Toujours invariable ! Ex : "avec souplesse" (beaucoup moins) (with uncountable noun)much less, far less adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
  (with countable noun)far fewer adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
 Olivier a bien moins de problèmes en orthographe que Frédéric.
C'est le moins qu'on puisse dire ! expr (c'est en dessous de la réalité)To say the least! exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  That is the least you can say! exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  That is the least that can be said! exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 Son livre n'a pas été apprécié, c'est le moins qu'on puisse dire.
 His book wasn't appreciated, to say the least!
d'autant moins que loc conjlocution conjonction: groupe de mots qui servent de conjonction. Ex : "parce que", "depuis que" (encore moins parce que)even less so given (that) conjconjunction: Connects words, clauses, and sentences--for example, "and," "but," "because," "in order that."
  especially as, particularly as conjconjunction: Connects words, clauses, and sentences--for example, "and," "but," "because," "in order that."
 Je ne sais pas naviguer, d'autant moins que j'ai le mal de mer.
 I can't sail, particularly as I get sea sick.
dans un future plus ou moins proche in the medium to long term
de moins loc advlocution adverbiale: groupe de mots qui servent d'adverbe. Toujours invariable ! Ex : "avec souplesse" (en moins par rapport à [qch] ou [qqn](with uncountable nouns)less advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
  (with countable nouns)fewer advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
Note: In informal spoken English, it is common, although grammatically incorrect, to use "less" with both countable and uncountable nouns.
 Julie a eu trois points de moins que sa voisine en maths.
 Julie had three fewer points than the girl sitting next to her in maths.
de moins en moins loc advlocution adverbiale: groupe de mots qui servent d'adverbe. Toujours invariable ! Ex : "avec souplesse" (toujours moins)less and less advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
 Ma ville, je crois que je l'aime de moins en moins. Cette machine marche de moins en moins bien.
de moins en moins de [qch] loc advlocution adverbiale: groupe de mots qui servent d'adverbe. Toujours invariable ! Ex : "avec souplesse" (toujours moins de)less and less + [uncountable] adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
  fewer and fewer + [countable] adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
 Il tombe de moins en moins de neige dans la région. Il y a de moins en moins de bénévoles dans l'association dont je m'occupe.
 Less and less snow falls in the region.
 There are fewer and fewer volunteers in the association I'm involved in.
deux fois moins loc advlocution adverbiale: groupe de mots qui servent d'adverbe. Toujours invariable ! Ex : "avec souplesse" (la moitié)half as much exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
deux fois moins de  (countable noun)half as many
  (non-countable noun)half as much
  (archaic)twice as few as
 There are half as many nurses in this hospital.
 Peter has half as much money as John.
 There are twice as few stray dogs these days.
deux fois moins de temps in half the time
 He's so slow, I can do it in just half the time.
du moins loc advlocution adverbiale: groupe de mots qui servent d'adverbe. Toujours invariable ! Ex : "avec souplesse" (en tout cas)at least
en moins loc advlocution adverbiale: groupe de mots qui servent d'adverbe. Toujours invariable ! Ex : "avec souplesse" (qui est enlevé) (non-countable item)less
  (countable/non-countable noun)fewer
 With the discount, the price will be 5 euros less.
en moins de temps qu'il ne faut pour le dire exprno sooner said than done exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  (colloquial)in two shakes of a lamb's tail exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  (colloquial)in a jiffy exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  in no time at all exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
encore moins loc advlocution adverbiale: groupe de mots qui servent d'adverbe. Toujours invariable ! Ex : "avec souplesse" (emphase pour moins)even less
  even less so
 It's raining even less than before.
encore moins de loc advlocution adverbiale: groupe de mots qui servent d'adverbe. Toujours invariable ! Ex : "avec souplesse" (vraiment moins de)even less than exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
film interdit aux moins de 18 ans nmnom masculin: s'utilise avec les articles "le", "l'" (devant une voyelle ou un h muet), "un". Ex : garçon - nm > On dira "le garçon" ou "un garçon".  (UK)18 film, 18-rated film nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
  (US, abbreviation)AO movie, NC-17 movie nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
Il était moins une ! It was a close call! exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  That's how close it was! exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
il n'en demeure pas moins que the fact remains that exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
il n'en reste pas moins que nevertheless advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
  the fact remains that
je me coucherai moins bête ce soir you learn something new every day
le moins loc advlocution adverbiale: groupe de mots qui servent d'adverbe. Toujours invariable ! Ex : "avec souplesse" (de la façon la moins élevée)the least
le moins longtemps possible as little time as possible
  the least amount of time possible
le moins pire the least bad, the least worst
le moins qu'on puisse dire expr (c'est en dessous de la réalité)the least that can be said, the least you can say exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 Le moins qu'on puisse dire est que son livre n'a pas été apprécié.
le moins que je puisse faire loc (c'est la démarche minimum)the least I could do, the least I can do exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 Merci d'être venu. C'est le moins que je puisse faire.
le non moins célèbre the equally well-known adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
mais il n'en pense pas moins but that doesn't mean he's not thinking it exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
moins cher cheaper
  less expensive
moins de less + [uncountable]
  fewer + [countable]
moins pire loc advlocution adverbiale: groupe de mots qui servent d'adverbe. Toujours invariable ! Ex : "avec souplesse" familier (mieux bien que pas bien)not as bad as [sth]
  not the worst
Note: Tournure incorrecte mais très courante.
moins que less than
moins que rien nmf invnom masculin et féminin invariable: nom à la fois masculin et féminin qui a la même forme au pluriel. Ex : "un casse-pieds, une casse-pieds, des casse-pieds" (personne négligeable)nobody nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
  nonentity nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
  (UK, colloquial)no-mark nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
moitié moins half that, half that number
  50% less
n'en penser pas moins stop you thinking v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  be far from convinced, still have your doubts v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  have a mind to say otherwise v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
 She says nothing but that doesn't stop her thinking.
 Cette phrase n'est pas une traduction de la phrase originale. I made no objection but I had a mind to say otherwise.
ni plus ni moins no more, no less
non moins célèbre loc adjlocution adjectivale: groupe de mots qui servent d'adjectif. Se place normalement après le nom et reste identique au plurielEx : "ballon de football, des ballons de football" (tout aussi connu)equally famous adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
  no less famous adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
  just as famous adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
 Une expo sur John Lennon et la non moins célèbre Yoko Ono.
Parle moins fort ! Keep your voice down!
  Not so loud!
parler moins fort loc vlocution verbale: groupe de mots fonctionnant comme un verbe. Ex : "faire référence à" (baisser le volume de sa voix)speak more quietly, talk more quietly v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  (to one person)keep your voice down v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  (to more than one person)keep your voices down v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
 Mais parle mois fort ; tu vas réveiller les enfants !
pas le moins du monde not in the least
pas moins de [qch/qqn] loc advlocution adverbiale: groupe de mots qui servent d'adverbe. Toujours invariable ! Ex : "avec souplesse" (indication de quantité nécessaire à [qch])at least [sth/sb] exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  (with countable nouns)no fewer than [sth/sb], not fewer than [sth/sb] exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  (with uncountable nouns)no less than [sth], not less than [sth] exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
Note: Although, strictly speaking, less should only be used with uncountable nouns, it is not unusual for native speakers to use it with countable nouns in casual conversation.
plus ou moins loc advlocution adverbiale: groupe de mots qui servent d'adverbe. Toujours invariable ! Ex : "avec souplesse" (pas exactement)more or less
plus ou moins vite more or less quickly
plus qu'hier,
moins que demain
more than yesterday, less than tomorrow exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
pour le moins loc advlocution adverbiale: groupe de mots qui servent d'adverbe. Toujours invariable ! Ex : "avec souplesse" (tout à fait, complètement)to say the least
Note: Euphémisme.
pour le moins surprenant nothing less than surprising
pour les jeunes et moins jeunes for the young and the not so young
rien n'est moins sûr nothing is less certain
signe moins nmnom masculin: s'utilise avec les articles "le", "l'" (devant une voyelle ou un h muet), "un". Ex : garçon - nm > On dira "le garçon" ou "un garçon". (symbole de soustraction)minus sign nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
tout du moins loc advlocution adverbiale: groupe de mots qui servent d'adverbe. Toujours invariable ! Ex : "avec souplesse" (au minimum)then at least exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  at least adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
trois fois moins loc advlocution adverbiale: groupe de mots qui servent d'adverbe. Toujours invariable ! Ex : "avec souplesse" figuré (bien moins)three times less
trois fois moins de [qch] loc adv + prép (1/3 de [qch])three times less + [uncountable]
  three times fewer + [countable]
 Notre concurrent produit trois fois moins de lait que nous. Ce fermier possède trois fois moins de bêtes que nous.
 This farmer has three times less grain than the other farmer.
 This farmer has three times fewer animals than the other farmer.
trois fois moins de temps,
3 fois moins de temps
a third of the time
  three times less time
 Compared with me, he ran the race in a third of the time.
 He ran the race in three times less time than me.
un peu moins de loc advlocution adverbiale: groupe de mots qui servent d'adverbe. Toujours invariable ! Ex : "avec souplesse" (moins)a bit less, a little bit less adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
  (more formal)a little less adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
 Je souhaiterais un peu moins de crème.
une fois de moins once less, one time less
  one time fewer
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