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English definition of “minus”

minus

preposition     /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 have already paid. → Compare plus prepositionAddition, 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
(Definition of minus preposition from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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