small - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    not large in size, amount, or number

    These shoes are too small for me.

    A small number of people have complained about the noise.

    Last year’s rise in unemployment was the smallest in the last five years.

    I’d rather work for a smaller company.

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  2. 2
    not very important or difficult

    Can you do me a small favour?

    I noticed a few small mistakes in your essay.

    1. a.

      Today’s meeting was a small but important step towards 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 new mutual fund that is ideal for small investors

  4. 4
    small children are very young
  5. 5
    small letters are written using the small form of the letter, for example ‘a’, ‘b’, ‘c’ etc.

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noun [uncountable]
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