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minus

preposition uk   /ˈmaɪ.nəs/ us  
A2 reduced by a stated number: What is 57 minus 39? That will be £1,500, minus the deposit of £150 that you have already paid. Addition, subtraction, multiplication and divisionCalculations and calculating informal without, or lacking: We're minus a chair for Ian - could you get one from the other room?Lacking thingsScarce, inadequate and not enoughEssential or necessary

minus

noun [C] uk   /ˈmaɪ.nəs/ (plural minuses) us  

minus noun [C] (DISADVANTAGE)

a disadvantage or a bad feature: Having to travel such a long way to work is a definite minus.Advantage and disadvantage

minus noun [C] (SUBTRACTION)

(also minus sign) the (-) sign, written between two numbers to show that the second number should be taken away from the first, or in front of one number to show that it has a value of less than 0Mathematical symbols

minus

adjective uk   /ˈmaɪ.nəs/ us  

minus adjective (SUBTRACTION)

[before noun] A minus number or amount is less than zero.
See also
Addition, subtraction, multiplication and divisionCalculations and calculating
[before noun] used to show that temperatures are less than zero: Temperatures could fall to minus eight tonight.ColdSnow and ice [after noun] used after a mark given to written work to mean that it is of a slightly lower standard than that mark: I got A minus for my English homework.Marks and results

minus adjective (DISADVANTAGE)

[before noun] describes a disadvantage or bad point: One of the minus points of working at home is not having social contact with colleagues.Advantage and disadvantage
(Definition of minus from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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