Definition of more or less in English:

more or less


  • 1Speaking imprecisely; to a certain extent.

    ‘they are more or less a waste of time’
    • ‘When every nation is a democratic nation, we'll have world peace, more or less.’
    • ‘We know more or less how the facts were gathered and how the book was compiled.’
    • ‘Millar confirms that everything in his career has gone more or less to plan so far.’
    • ‘Tonight, the pain in my ribs is receding, and I can draw a deep breath more or less without pain.’
    • ‘It took about 10 hours, the last two of which I was driving more or less in my sleep.’
    • ‘If mothers are to work they will have to abandon their children, more or less.’
    • ‘I've been more or less absent from these pages for a couple of months now, as some have noticed.’
    • ‘Tourists have appreciated the beauties of this part of the world more or less since tourism began.’
    • ‘I've spent most of the morning in the park nursing a migraine, but I'm ok now, more or less.’
    • ‘He is more or less of good character, is extremely ashamed and nervous about what is going to happen to him.’
    • ‘I did sleep more or less properly last night for the first time, but I am still shattered.’
    • ‘I recognised that I had reached this point some time ago but I kept it more or less to myself.’
    approximately, roughly, nearly, almost, close to, about, of the order of, in the region of, give or take a few
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    1. 1.1 Approximately.
      ‘more or less symmetrical’
      • ‘Although the rail industry remains in crisis, trains are now running more or less to timetable.’
      • ‘Whichever statistics you look at, the county's schools sit more or less in the middle.’
      • ‘We're going to be updating the site daily, more or less, and we hope to have the story done in about a month.’
      • ‘On the first day, we covered more or less two hundred kilometres, firstly through the suburbs of Sydney, then into parkland.’
      • ‘The two banks will both see their costs rise more or less in line with earnings this year.’
      • ‘By looking through the job adverts, we can work out more or less what every employee in the country is paid.’
      • ‘This is the same group of players more or less who did well two years ago and were doing the same things.’
      • ‘Spring barley area is marginally down and oats are more or less at the same level as a year earlier.’
      • ‘It took more or less 3 hours driving time to take Gordon up to this place near Birmingham.’
      • ‘Then we went to the hotel - a little guest house more or less in the centre of Felixstowe.’