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Meaning of “minus” in the English Dictionary

"minus" in British English

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minuspreposition

uk   us   /ˈmaɪ.nəs/
A2 reduced by a ​statednumber: What is 57 minus 39? That will be $1,500, minus the ​deposit of $150 that you already ​paid. informal without, or ​lacking: We're minus a ​chair for Elsa - could you get one from the other ​room?

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  • He ​earns $500 a ​week, minus ​tax.
  • Five minus five is zero.

minusnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈmaɪ.nəs/ (plural minuses)

minusadjective

uk   us   /ˈmaɪ.nəs/
(Definition of minus from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"minus" in American English

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minuspreposition

 us   /ˈmɑɪ·nəs/ (symbol )
  • minus preposition (SUBTRACTION)

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

minusnoun [C]

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

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

minusadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈmɑɪ·nəs/ (symbol )
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 ​workmeans that the ​work is ​slightlyworse than if it were given the B or C ​mark.
(Definition of minus from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

" minus" in Business English

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minuspreposition

uk   us   /ˈmaɪnəs/
reduced by a particular ​number or ​amount: The ​cost is £1500 ​minus the ​deposit of £150 that you have already ​paid. Book ​value is simply the ​value of a company's ​assetsminus its ​debts.

minusadjective

uk   us   /ˈmaɪnəs/
[before noun] used to show that an ​amount is less than zero: temperatures of ​minus 10 degrees Celsius
used to show that something is a disadvantage or ​badfeature: One of the minuspoints of ​working from ​home is the ​lack of ​socialcontact with ​colleagues. On the ​minusside, ​changes to the ​handling of ​softwareorders could cause delays.

minusnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈmaɪnəs/
a disadvantage or ​badfeature: Length of ​service with a ​company can be seen as a ​plus or a ​minus.
(also minus sign) the - ​sign, written in ​front of a ​number to show that it has a ​value of less than 0: The ​directors will not be happy as ​long as the ​figuresstart with a ​minus. In your ​searchtext, put a ​minus in ​front of words that you do not want to be in the ​document.
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(Definition of minus from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “minus”
in Korean 빼기, -없이…
in Arabic ناقِص, بِدون…
in Malaysian tolak…
in French moins…
in Russian минус, без…
in Chinese (Traditional) 減(去), 沒有,缺少…
in Italian meno, senza…
in Turkish eksi, ...sız/siz…
in Polish minus, bez…
in Spanish menos…
in Vietnamese trừ…
in Portuguese menos, sem…
in Thai ลบ…
in German minus…
in Catalan menys, sense…
in Japanese (数字)を引いた, ~なしで…
in Chinese (Simplified) 减(去), 没有,缺少…
in Indonesian dikurangi…
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