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Least is the superlative form of little and can be used in the following ways:
as a determiner (followed by an uncountable noun): He generally takes the path of least resistance. (after “the”): ♦ These farming methods cause the least damage to the environment.
as a pronoun (without a following noun): People will choose the product that costs least. (after “the”): ♦ Abe works the hardest, yet he earns the least. (followed by “of”): ♦ That’s the least of my problems.
as an adverb (after “the” and before an adjective): I think you are the least appropriate person for the job. (followed by an adverb): ♦ Production was slowest where time was least efficiently used. (with a verb): ♦ She was kind to me when I least expected it. (after “the” with a verb): ♦ The money seems to go to the people who need it the least.
as an adjective: At the least sign of trouble, he gets scared and quits.