# Definition of 'minus'

1. conjunction

One minus one is zero.

They've been promised their full July salary minus the hardship payment.

2. adjective

Minus before a number or quantity means that the number or quantity is less than zero.

The aircraft was subjected to temperatures of minus 65 degrees and plus 120 degrees.

3.

4. preposition

To be minus something means not to have that thing.

The film company collapsed, leaving Chris jobless and minus his life savings.

5. countable noun

A minus is a disadvantage.

[informal] The minuses far outweigh that possible gain.

The plusses and minuses were about equal.

None of these minus points will have been mentioned.

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## Video: pronunciation of 'minus'

preposition

adjective

Mathematical symbol: –3.

6. (postpositive) education

he received a B minus for his essay

7. botany

8.

denoting a negative electric charge

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Word origin of 'minus'

preposition

1.

reduced by the subtraction of; less

four minus two

2. Informal

without; lacking

minus a toe

adjective

3.

indicating or involving subtraction

a minus sign

4.

negative

a minus quantity

6. Botany

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## Example sentences containing 'minus'

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An algebra question was rendered impossible by the substitution of a plus sign with a minus. Times, Sunday Times (2017)It is P minus one day and counting. The Sun (2016)It's minus three outside, but a sauna inside. Times, Sunday Times (2017)Yet they produced a dessert minus one ingredient of two. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The club remain stranded at the foot of the table on minus three points. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The margin of error was plus or minus four points. Times, Sunday Times (2016)From plus to minus to not at all? Times, Sunday Times (2012)He has minus two points for the game and has minus eight overall. The Sun (2015)All they picked up was minus three as he was sent off. The Sun (2013)And the margin of error is plus or minus two points. Times, Sunday Times (2007)We generally drop the minus sign when we use the ratio of marginal products to discuss substitution possibilities. Microeconomics: Price Theory in Practice (1995)But it's only minus five or eight! The Sun (2010)On the minus side the porridge wasn't cooked. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Some theorists have proposed that we learn best in chunks of four, plus or minus two. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Entries giving rise to a supply of the country's currency are identified by a minus sign. International Finance: The markets and financial management of multinational business. (1983)On the minus side, the vibe is odd. Times, Sunday Times (2008)I was the first player to have minus points. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The figure, the number arriving minus those leaving, was welcomed by ministers. The Sun (2012)It also gave the Labour leader a disastrous approval rating of minus 35 points. Times, Sunday Times (2014)This week the temperatures plummeted to minus five in New York. Times, Sunday Times (2014)

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## Translations for 'minus'

British English: minus
/ˈmaɪnəs/ PREPOSITION

You use

*minus*when you take one number away from another number.Three minus two is one.

- American English: minus
- Arabic: نَاقِصٌ
- Brazilian Portuguese: menos
- Chinese: 没有
- Croatian: manje
- Czech: mínus
- Danish: minus
- Dutch: minus
- European Spanish: menos
- Finnish: miinus
- French: moins
- German: minus
- Greek: μείον
- Italian: meno
- Japanese: ･･･を引いた
- Korean: ...을 뺀
- Norwegian: minus
- Polish: bez minus
- European Portuguese: menos
- Romanian: minus
- Russian: минус
- Spanish: menos signo de sustracción
- Swedish: minus
- Thai: ลบ
- Turkish: eksi
- Ukrainian: мінус
- Vietnamese: trừ

- American English: minus
- Brazilian Portuguese: sinal de subtração
- Chinese: 不利因素
- European Spanish: desventaja
- French: inconvénient
- German: Nachteil
- Italian: svantaggio
- Japanese: 不利な点
- Korean: 불리한 점
- European Portuguese: sinal de subtração
- Spanish: desventaja

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