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"minus" in British English

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minuspreposition

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?

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minusnoun [C]

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

minusadjective

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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minuspreposition

 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 )
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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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 assets minus 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 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]

uk   us   /ˈmaɪnəs/
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.
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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, sin…
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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