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Alan's purpose was less to X than to Y. (X and Y are two verbs)

Does the above structure mean that

Alan's purpose was not to X but it was to Y.

or instead it means that

Alan had two purposes, "to X" and "to Y", but the second was more important for him than the first.

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Based on my own understanding as a native speaker:

The first sentence means that Alan wanted to do both X and Y, but his main purpose was Y.

Example:

Alan wanted to go to the party less to drink, but more to meet people.

This means that Alan wanted both to drink and meet people, but he wanted to meet people more so than drink.

In contrast:

Alan wanted to go to the party not to drink, but to meet people.

This means that Alan really didn't want to drink, he just wanted to meet people.

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