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minimum

noun [C usually singular] uk   /ˈmɪn.ɪ.məm/ (plural minimums or specialized minima) (written abbreviation min.) us  
B1 the smallest amount or number allowed or possible: Wage increases are being kept to a minimum because of the recession. Pat hoped that her 80th birthday would pass with the minimum of fuss. We need a minimum of ten people to play this game.
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minimum

adjective uk   /ˈmɪn.ɪ.məm/ (written abbreviation min.) us  
B1 describes something that is the smallest or least allowed or possible: This certificate is the minimum qualification required to teach English in most language schools. 18 is the minimum age for entering most nightclubs.

minimum

adverb uk   /ˈmɪn.ɪ.məm/ (written abbreviation min.) us  
at the least: She reckons that you should do three exercise classes a week minimum to get any of the benefits.
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