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adjective small pronunciation in American English /smɔl/
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  1. 1
    not large in size, amount, or number
    These shoes are too small for me.
    Last year’s rise in unemployment was the smallest in the last five years.
    I’d rather work for a smaller company.
    A small number of people have complained about the noise.
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  2. 2
    not very important or difficult
    Can you do me a small favor?
    I noticed a few small mistakes in your essay.
    1. a.
      Today’s meeting was a small but important step toward achieving our goals.
      in a/some small way: I’d like to help, even if it’s only in a small way.
  3. 3
    not worth a lot of money, or not involving a lot of money
    Joan gave me a small gift for my birthday.
    a small business/farm/store
    a new mutual fund that is ideal for small investors

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 small pronunciation in American English adverb
Write small so that everything will fit on one page.


 small pronunciation in American English /ˈsmɔlnəs/ noun [uncountable]
Her smallness makes her look younger than she really is.
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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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