Meaning of “minus” in the English Dictionary

"minus" in British English

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uk /ˈmaɪ.nəs/ us /ˈmaɪ.nəs/

A2 reduced by a stated number:

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?

More examples

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

minusnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmaɪ.nəs/ us /ˈmaɪ.nəs/ plural minuses


uk /ˈmaɪ.nəs/ 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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us /ˈmɑɪ·nəs/ symbol

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.

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

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)

" minus" in Business English

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uk /ˈmaɪnəs/ us

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 assets minus its debts.


/ˈmaɪnəs/ uk us

[ 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 bad feature:

One of the minus points of working from home is the lack of social contact with colleagues.
On the minus side, changes to the handling of software orders could cause delays.

minusnoun [ C ]

/ˈmaɪnəs/ uk us

a disadvantage or bad feature:

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 figures start with a minus.
In your search text, put a minus in front of words that you do not want to be in the document.

(Definition of “ minus” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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