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English definition of “minus”

minus

preposition
 
 
/ˈmaɪnəs/
MATHEMATICS A2 used when the second of two numbers should be taken away from the first: Five minus three is two.Addition, subtraction, multiplication and divisionCalculations and calculating
WITHOUT informal without something that should be there: She arrived at the meeting minus her briefcase.Lacking thingsScarce, inadequate and not enoughEssential or necessary
(Definition of minus preposition from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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