# 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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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'

C15: from Latin, neuter of minor 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'

Yet they produced a dessert minus one ingredient of two.

Times, Sunday Times (2009) Times, Sunday Times (2010) Times, Sunday Times (2016)From plus to minus to not at all?

Times, Sunday Times (2012) The Sun (2015) 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) Times, Sunday Times (2014)But it's only minus five or eight!

The Sun (2010) Times, Sunday Times (2014)And all They would have accomplished is to force us to fight minus one city.

The Complete Stories Volume 2 (1995) Times, Sunday Times (2007) International Finance: The markets and financial management of multinational business. (1983)On the minus side, the vibe is odd.

Times, Sunday Times (2008)Do you smile smugly when your child's lunchbox comes home minus its wholemeal sandwiches and carrot sticks?

Times, Sunday Times (2008)I was the first player to have minus points.

Times, Sunday Times (2014) The Sun (2012) Times, Sunday Times (2014) Times, Sunday Times (2014)## Word Lists

Mathematical terms## Trends of 'minus'

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## Translations for 'minus'

British English: minus /ˈmaɪnəs/
PREPOSITION

You use

You use

*minus*when you take one number away from another number.Three minus two is one.- 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
- Portuguese: menos
- Romanian: minus
- Russian: минус
- Spanish: menos signo de sustracción
- Swedish: minus
- Thai: ลบ
- Turkish: eksi
- Ukrainian: мінус
- Vietnamese: trừ

British English: minus NOUN

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*minus*is a disadvantage.The minuses far outweigh that possible gain.- 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
- Portuguese: sinal de subtração
- Spanish: desventaja

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