minusmi‧nus1 /ˈmaɪnəs/ ●●●S3 preposition1HMused to show that one number or quantity is being subtracted from another opp plus17 minus 5 is 12 (17 − 5 = 12).The payment will be refunded to you minus a small service charge.2informalNOT HAVE without something that would normally be there, or that used to be thereHe came back minus a couple of front teeth.
minusminus2 ●○○ noun [countable]1ADVANTAGEsomething that is a disadvantage because it makes a situationunpleasant syn drawback opp plusThere are both pluses and minuses to living in a big city.2X-refa minussign
minusminus3 adjective1[only before noun] British English used to talk about a disadvantage of a thing or situation opp plus‘Any minus points?’ ‘Well, the engine is rather noisy.’On the minus side, there is no free back-up service if things go wrong.2less than zero – used especially when talking about temperaturesAt night temperatures sometimes fall to minus 30°.a minus quantity3 →A minus/B minus etc
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minus• The temperature dropped to almost minus 40.• a tradedeficit of minus £4bnminus points• Self-assessment First sit down and make a list of your plus and minus points.• All colours have their plus and minus points and there are times when a particular colour is best.From Longman Business Dictionaryminusmi‧nus1 /ˈmaɪnəs/ prepositionused to show that you are taking one number or quantity from another SYN LESSNet income is gross income minus income tax and National Insurance.minusminus2 noun [countable]a disadvantage or bad feature of somethingWhat are the pluses and minuses of practicing law in the private sector?The car’s only minus point is that the engine is rather noisy.