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minuspreposition

uk   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   us   /ˈmaɪ.nəs/ (plural minuses)

minus noun [C] (DISADVANTAGE)

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

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 0

minusadjective

uk   us   /ˈmaɪ.nəs/

minus adjective (SUBTRACTION)

[before noun] A minus number or amount is less than zero.
See also
[before noun] used to show that temperatures are less than zero: Temperatures could fall to minus eight tonight. [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.

minus adjective (DISADVANTAGE)

[before noun] used to describe a disadvantage or bad point: One of the minus points of working at home is not having social contact with colleagues.
Translations of “minus”
in Arabic ناقِص, بِدون…
in Korean 빼기, -없이…
in Malaysian tolak…
in French moins…
in Turkish eksi, ...sız/siz…
in Italian meno, senza…
in Chinese (Traditional) 減(去), 沒有,缺少…
in Russian минус, без…
in Polish minus, bez…
in Vietnamese trừ…
in Spanish menos…
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 Indonesian dikurangi…
in Chinese (Simplified) 减(去), 没有,缺少…
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