modest - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    fairly small, especially when compared with other things of the same type

    The engine has a very modest oil consumption.

    His income was modest compared with that of other chief executives.

     Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      fairly good or successful, but not excellent

      There has been a modest increase in sales.

      She has had some modest success with her short stories.

  2. 2
    a modest person does not like to talk about themselves, their achievements, or their abilities, even if they are successful

    Peter is genuinely modest about his achievements.