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adjective, preposition minus pronunciation in American English /ˈmaɪnəs/
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Minus can be used in the following ways:
as a preposition: Seventeen minus nine is eight.The whole family minus John and Darlene was there.
as an adjective: It was minus 12 degrees this morning.The teacher gave me a C minus.
  1. 1
    maths used in mathematics for showing that you are taking one number from another. This word is usually represented by the symbol -

    72 minus 5 equals 67.

  2. 2
    maths used before a number to show that a number or temperature is less than zero

    The temperature got down to minus 15 degrees last night.

    Subtract ten from seven and the answer is minus three.

  3. 3
    informal without something that you had in the past or usually have

    Anthony returned to work minus his beard.

    The Johnsons got home safely but minus their luggage.

  4. 4
    [only before noun] used for describing a disadvantage or negative quality of something
    a minus point/factor:

    One of the minus points was the risk of getting caught.


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