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at least

1. No less than (a certain amount). I didn't expect so many guests! We'll need at least five more seats at the table for dinner. I try to keep at least $1,000 in my bank account at all times.
2. Used to emphasize a positive occurrence amid disappointments. At least it only rained for two days of your trip! OK so Tom didn't come over tonight. At least he still called you.
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at least

anyway; in spite of difficulties. At least we had a good evening, even though the afternoon was rainy. At least we came away with some of our money left.
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at least

1. Also, at the least. According to the lowest possible assessment, no less than. For example, At least a dozen more chairs are needed, or The job will take four hours at the least. [c. 1050]
2. Anyway, anyhow, as in At least you got there on time, or The children enjoyed the dessert at least. [c. 1050] For synonyms, see at any rate; in any case.
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at ˈleast


1 (of a number) not less than: There were at least 70 000 people at the concert. OPPOSITE: at (the) most
2 the minimum somebody should do: I know it’s difficult for him to telephone me, but he could at least write.
3 used for talking about the only advantage or good point of somebody/something: This car is slow, it uses a lot of petrol, but at least it doesn’t break down.
4 used to show you are not completely sure of something: It’s true. At least, I think so.
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at least

1. According to the lowest possible assessment; not less than: We waited at least an hour.
2. Regardless of what has occurred or will occur; in any case: You might at least answer the letter.
3. Used to emphasize a somewhat positive aspect following a negative one: The results weren't encouraging, but at least they were accurate.
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