1. (the smallest possible) 
a. lo menos 
Cooking for you is the least I can do to thank you.Cocinar para ti es lo menos que puedo hacer para darte las gracias.
2. (in adverbial phrases) 
a. no direct translation 
He wasn't in the least affected by the news.No le afectó la noticia ni en lo más mínimo.
You have to read the book twice at the very least to get a grasp of it.Tienes que leer el libro como mínimo dos veces para enterarte de qué va.
3. (superlative) 
a. mínimo 
You can't achieve the best result by making the least effort.No puedes lograr el mejor resultado haciendo el mínimo esfuerzo.
b. menor 
I haven't the least idea how we're going to pull through.No tengo ni la menor idea de cómo vamos a salir de ésta.
The least setback and he goes to pieces.Al más mínimo contratiempo se viene abajo.
4. (to form a superlative adjective) 
a. menos 
My brother is a couch potato; he's the least active person I know.Mi hermano es muy vago, es la persona menos activa que conozco.
5. (superlative) 
a. menos 
This is the thing I least expected.Es lo que menos me esperaba.
1. (general) 
a. no direct translation 
the leastlo menos
it's the least I can does lo menos que puedo hacer
that's the least of my worrieseso es lo que menos me preocupa
to say the leastpor no decir otra cosa
not in the leasten absoluto
it doesn't matter in the leastno tiene la menor importancia
2. (smallest) 
a. menor 
the least thing annoys herla menor cosa le molesta
3. (general) 
a. menos 
the least interesting/difficultel menos interesante/difícil
least of all hermucho menos ella
when I was least expecting itcuando menos lo esperaba
b. por lo menos, al menos 
at least as old/expensive as…por lo menos tan viejo/caro como…
at the (very) least they should pay your expensescomo mínimo deberían pagar tus gastos
he's leaving, at least that's what I've heardse marcha, o al menos eso he oído
least [liːst]
1 (superl) (minimum, smallest amount of) menor
radioactive waste should be stored where it can do the least (possible) harm the city with the least crime the least pressure would suffice to crack the tube
with the least possible delay con el menor retraso posible; a la mayor brevedad posible (formal); choose yoghurts which contain the least fat elija los yogures que contengan la menor cantidad de grasa
with the least possible expenditure
he didn't have the least difficulty deciding no le costó nada decidir
(smallest, slightest) [+idea, hint, complaint] más mínimo
she wasn't the least bit jealous no estaba celosa en lo más mínimo
he wasn't the least bit interested
we haven't the least idea where he is no tenemos la más mínima or la menor idea de dónde está
the least thing upsets her se ofende a la mínima or por lo más mínimo
2 (in comparisons) menos
he has the least money es el que menos dinero tiene
the people who took the least amount of exercise suffered most although nearly half of all British civil servants are women, they are concentrated in the jobs with the least responsibility for policy-making the woman he felt the least interest in was Martha the person with the least problems/apples
1 (superl) (the very minimum) (gen) lo menos; (amount) lo mínimo
it's the least you can do the least you can do, if you won't help me yourself, is to tell me where to go instead the least they can expect is a fair system the least I would expect is a little co-operation
"thanks, anyway" — "it was the least I could do" —gracias de todas formas —era lo menos que podía hacer
I did the washing-up. I thought it was the least I could do
what's the least you are willing to accept? ¿qué es lo mínimo que estás dispuesto a aceptar?
to [say] the least She lacked tact (to say the least) in expressing herself they're unusual to say the least Some members of the public can be a bit abusive to say the least
that's the least of it eso es lo de menos
the least said the better cuanto menos se hable de eso mejor
accommodation was basic to say the least el alojamiento era muy sencillo, por no decir otra cosa
least said, soonest mended cuanto menos se diga, antes se arregla
Say nothing. It's the only thing they can't hold against you. Least said, soonest mended's what I always say
(in comparisons)
the country that spends the least on education el país que menos (se) gasta en materia de enseñanza
on education funding, Japan performs best but spends the least per student you have given yourself the least
that's the least of my worries eso es lo que menos me preocupa
Having to get up at three o'clock every morning was the least of her worries... Although three days isn't very long, shortage of time was the least of his problems... At that moment, they were among the least of the concerns of the government Her image is the least of her [problems] that was the least of her problems By then that was the least of his troubles The least they could have given me was half a day to rest...
in the least
I don't mind in the least no me importa lo más mínimo
he wasn't in the least ashamed/upset he was not in the least upset I'm not in the least concerned about that I'm not in the least afraid of dying He was not in the least competitive in those days this didn't surprise me in the least It was changing me in a way that I had not in the least expected. I didn't in the least want to die he was not in the least reluctant to confront me
Pete wasn't in the least in love with me Pete no estaba ni mucho menos enamorado de mí
"isn't that rather unkind of you?" - "not in the least" not in the least! "do you mind?" - "not in the least!"
"don't you mind?" — "not in the least" —¿no te importa? —en absoluto or —para nada
I'm not like that at all. Not [in] the least
at least
(not less than) por lo menos; como mínimo; al menos
there were at least 15 different sorts of fish/ había por lo menos al menos como mínimo 15 clases de pescado distintas
I must have slept for at least 12 hours debo de haber dormido por lo menos or como mínimo or al menos 12 horas; he earns at least as much as you do gana por lo menos or al menos tanto como tú
Innoculation against rabies is now at least as effective as quarantine Women have at least as much intellectual ability as men Firms are likely to shed at least as many jobs this time he enjoyed gossip and intrigue at least [as much] as his boss did poetry should be at least as well written as prose Cochineal was used as a food colouring at least as early as the tenth century
(if nothing more) al menos; por lo menos
we can at least try al menos or por lo menos podemos intentarlo
they at least did not suffer We've got to change the law in that direction at least... They took steps to ensure that whoever else suffered, they at least did not lose out in the struggle... Go to see the administrator or at least write a letter.
(for all that) por lo menos; al menos
it's rather laborious but at least it is not dangerous requiere bastante trabajo pero por lo menos or al menos no es peligroso
at least you and he have something in common We've no idea what his state of health is but at least we know he is still alive it made a change at least She could take a nice holiday at least... He is at least content that there will be no immediate use of force...
(anyway) al menos; por lo menos
It's not difficult to get money for research or at least it's not always difficult A couple of days ago I spotted my ex-wife; at least I thought I did, I wasn't sure... In his face I sometimes see a look of worry, or at least anxiety... he didn't expect to be so busy, at least not initially
Etta appeared to be asleep, at least her eyes were shut Etta parecía estar dormida, al menos or por lo menos tenía los ojos cerrados
at the (very) least como mínimo; como poco
At the least, I needed some sleep Normally it has only had eleven or twelve members in all. Now it will have seventeen at the very least His possession of classified documents was, at the very least, a violation security regulations
the least expensive car el coche menos caro
the people least able to afford luxuries she is least able to afford it
they're the ones who need it the least son los que menos lo necesitan
foreign aid often ends up benefitting those who need it the least damming the river may end up benefitting those who need it the least the least affected area was Scotland The least experienced athletes had caused a great many false-starts through the day's proceedings He was one of the least warm human beings I had ever met. the least technically accomplished car in Europe one of the smallest and least powerful of the African states He was certainly the least technically proficient of all the finalists. ...doing the things that cost the least. He came out when I least expected it
when least expected cuando menos se espera
He had a way of throwing her off guard with his charm when she least expected it
least of all me y yo menos; yo menos que nadie
no one knew, least of all me nadie lo sabía, y yo menos
nobody knew, least of all Jennie Such a speech should never have been made, least of all by a so called responsible politician .all western countries, not least the USA... in all countries, not least in the USA What is somewhat more curious is the grip football has had on some fans, not least the British. not least because dieting can be bad for you, not least because it causes stress ...for a whole variety of reasons, not least because people have begun to find that it is too expensive.
for a variety of reasons, not least because it is cheap por toda una serie de razones, entre ellas que es barato
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