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adjective     small pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
  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 new mutual fund that is ideal for small investors

  4. 5
    small letters are written using the small form of the letter, for example “a,” “b,” “c,” etc..

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     small pronunciation in American English

Write small so that everything will fit on one page.


     smallness pronunciation in American English
/ˈsmɔlnəs/ noun [uncountable]

Her smallness makes her look younger than she really is.

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