Definition of at the least (or very least) in US English:

at the least (or very least)

phrase

  • 1(used after amounts) not less than; at the minimum.

    ‘stay ten days at the least’
    • ‘People can view the art at any time the theatre is open and everybody is encouraged to view each exhibition at the least once before it comes down.’
  • 2Taking the most pessimistic or unfavorable view.

    ‘a program that is, at the very least, excellent PR for the hospital’
    • ‘The Secretary of State himself considered that the views of the Chief Medical Officer were at the very least relevant.’
    • ‘We know at the very least that he was one of the last people to speak to her.’
    • ‘‘With the president endorsing it, at the very least it makes Americans who have that position more respectable, for lack of a better phrase,’ he said.’
    • ‘But, at the least, they are very important even when not decisive.’
    • ‘But in the subjective world, I can use this magical view, and, at the very least, believe my eyes.’
    • ‘At least then he could have tried to dissuade her or, at the very least, adjusted his strategy accordingly.’
    • ‘We couldn't help reflecting that, in Stirling's time, such a shunt would have meant broken limbs at the very least.’
    • ‘When we don't, projects tend to fail, or at the least to be less interesting to us.’
    • ‘You'll understand if I consider this a load of hog wash, or at the least a terribly limited view of things.’
    • ‘Begin in the middle of something, where there's smoke, or, at the very least, a crackle of flame.’
    to put it mildly, putting it mildly, without any exaggeration, at the very least, as an understatement
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