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"minimum" in British English

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minimumnoun [C usually singular]

uk   us   /ˈmɪn.ɪ.məm/ (plural minimums or specialized minima ) (written abbreviation min.)
B1 the ​smallestamount or ​numberallowed or ​possible: Wage ​increases are being kept to a minimum because of the ​recession. Let's ​hope we can get the ​job done with a minimum ofinterference. We need a minimum of ten ​people to ​play this ​game.
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minimumadjective

uk   us   /ˈmɪn.ɪ.məm/ (written abbreviation min.)

minimumadverb

uk   us   /ˈmɪn.ɪ.məm/ (written abbreviation min.)
(Definition of minimum from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"minimum" in American English

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minimumadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈmɪn·ə·məm/
being the ​smallestamount or ​numberallowed or ​possible: Her ​lawyerasked the ​judge to give her the minimum ​sentence.
(Definition of minimum from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"minimum" in Business English

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minimumnoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us   /ˈmɪnɪməm/ (written abbreviation min.)
the ​smallestamount or ​numberallowed or possible: keep sth to a minimum Wage ​increases are being ​kept to a minimum because of the ​recession.with the minimum of sth They ​installed the new ​computersystem with the minimum of fuss, so there was no ​disruption at all to our ​work. Staff ​earn a minimum of $15 an hour. He only does the ​bare minimum of ​work and ​shows no enthusiasm at all.
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minimumadjective

uk   us   /ˈmɪnɪməm/ (written abbreviation min.)
used for describing something that is the ​smallestallowed or possible: You will ​pay a lot of ​interest on a ​creditcard if you only ​pay off the minimum ​amount each month. A degree is the minimum ​qualification for a highly-skilled worker's ​visa.

minimumadverb

uk   us   /ˈmɪnɪməm/ (written abbreviation min.)
informal not less than a particular ​number or ​amount: You have to ​work here for six months minimum before you ​qualify for a ​bonus.
(Definition of minimum from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “minimum”
in Korean 최소의…
in Arabic أَدْنى حَدّ…
in Malaysian paling rendah…
in French minimum…
in Russian минимальный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 最小值, 最少量, 最低限度…
in Italian minimo…
in Turkish en az, asgari, en aşağı…
in Polish minimalny…
in Spanish mínimo…
in Vietnamese tối thiểu…
in Portuguese mínimo…
in Thai อย่างต่ำ…
in German Mindest-……
in Catalan mínim…
in Japanese 最低の, 最小限の…
in Chinese (Simplified) 最小值, 最少量, 最低限度…
in Indonesian paling rendah…
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