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noun [U] uk   /səbˈtræk.ʃən/ us  
the process of removing one number from another: The test involves simple calculations, such as addition and subtraction.
Translations of “subtraction”
in Korean 빼기…
in Arabic طَرح…
in Portuguese subtração…
in Catalan resta…
in Japanese 引き算, 引くこと…
in Italian sottrazione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 減法…
in Chinese (Simplified) 减法…
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