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English definition of “minus”

minus

preposition  /ˈmɑɪ·nəs/ (symbol ) us  

minus preposition (SUBTRACTION)

reduced by the stated number: Five minus one is four. Minus can also mean without: Tell me the story again, minus the cuteness.

minus

noun [C]  /ˈmɑɪ·nəs/ (plural minuses) us  

minus noun [C] (DISADVANTAGE)

a disadvantage: Not having any experience is a big minus.

minus

adjective [not gradable]  /ˈmɑɪ·nəs/ (symbol ) us  

minus adjective [not gradable] (SUBTRACTION)

less than zero: Temperatures will be dropping to minus 10. Note: Used with a number or amount. A mark such as B-minus (B−) or C-minus (C−) given to a student’s work means that the work is slightly worse than if it were given the B or C mark.
(Definition of minus from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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