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Definition of minus

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : diminished by : less seven minus four is three
2 : deprived of : without minus his hat



Definition of minus (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a negative quantity
2 : a negative quality especially : drawback



Definition of minus (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : algebraically negative a minus quantity minus ten degrees
2 : having a negative quality
3 : relating to or being a particular one of the two mating types that are required for successful fertilization in sexual reproduction in some lower plants (such as a fungus)
4 : falling low in a specified range B minus

Synonyms & Antonyms for minus

Synonyms: Preposition

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of minus in a Sentence

Preposition He left the restaurant minus his hat. a fruit that looks like a peach, minus the fuzz Noun She decided that the pluses of owning a home outweighed the minuses. Some employers see a lack of experience as a real minus. Put the minus to the left of the number.
Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition The temperature in LaCrosse is forecast to drop to minus 17 overnight. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Jan. 2022 Wind chills are forecast to fall to minus 20 to minus 35 degrees. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Jan. 2022 With actual cash value, your insurer will only reimburse you for the value of possessions minus depreciation. Ashley Kilroy, Robb Report, 3 Oct. 2021 Last year’s team was good, but this year’s team should be better in nearly every facet (maybe minus the kicking situation). Hayden Grove, cleveland, 7 Sep. 2021 As the world is still adjusting to a new way of life, this year’s festival is gong virtual for two weekends in a row – allowing for a similar experience minus the human interaction. Okla Jones, Essence, 28 June 2021 Ryan Coogler is back to direct, and much of the original cast will reportedly reprise their roles minus their leading man as Chadwick Boseman died in August 2020 from colon cancer at the age of 43. Jason Lamphier, EW.com, 30 June 2021 Philo carved an affordable niche in the streaming space by offering more than 60 networks minus sports offerings, including Food Network, Animal Planet and TLC. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 25 May 2021 Last year's show had to scrap the Brooklyn venue due to the pandemic, and producers opted to film at various outdoor locations around the city minus an audience. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 8 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Clammers find their catch in intertidal areas during minus tides, or low tides, which only occur in daylight through September. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 10 May 2022 Single-game plus-minus can be misleading in the NBA. Bryan Toporek, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Golden State did a respectable job against him this year, and the Grizzlies were minus-10 on the scoreboard with Morant in the game in three meetings (a minus in each game). Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 30 Apr. 2022 Rob Rang gave the Walker pick a B-minus and Wyatt an A. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Apr. 2022 Tot up a row of numbers, determine whether there’s a plus or a minus in front of the sum and proceed with no regrets. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2022 Of the teams during that span with negative plus-minus ratings, the Pistons have the highest. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, 1 Apr. 2022 Also a reason that Duncan has the 15th best real plus-minus in the league. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2022 In a loss in Game 2, Ayton scored only 10 points on just six shots and finished with a plus/minus of -13. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, 24 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Thomas is at minus-one, as is Collin Morikawa, who followed a 73 with a 70. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2022 Start looking two or three hours before the low tide at minus levels. Bill Monroe, oregonlive, 1 Apr. 2022 This was minus Chris Paul, who was out with a fractured right thumb, and Cam Johnson (quad). Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 29 Mar. 2022 The Huskies played their first four games with a full roster (minus junior Aubrey Griffin) before getting hit with the injury/COVID bug. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, 22 Jan. 2022 Boston Public Schools closed Tuesday, as the city faced wind chills as low as minus 11 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Weather Service. Omar Abdel-baqui, WSJ, 11 Jan. 2022 In Boston, forecasters predict the city will see a maximum high temperature near 11 degrees, but wind chills are expected to be as low as minus 8 degrees. Amanda Kaufman, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Jan. 2022 Behind the eastern snowstorm, an arctic outbreak is moving in with wind chills as low as minus 60 degrees in the northern Plains. Max Golembo, ABC News, 6 Jan. 2022 That migration figure, plus the state’s natural increase — births minus deaths — resulted in the small population gain recorded Thursday. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of minus


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1708, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for minus


Middle English, from Latin minus, adverb, less, from neuter of minor smaller — more at minor

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“Minus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minus. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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mi·​nus | \ ˈmī-nəs How to pronounce minus (audio) \

Kids Definition of minus

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : with the subtraction of : less 7 minus 4 is 3.
2 : without entry 1 sense 2 I went outside minus my hat.



Kids Definition of minus (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : having a value that is below zero The temperature was minus 15.
2 : located in the lower part of a range a grade of C minus


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Medical Definition of minus

: relating to or being one of the two mating types required for successful fertilization in sexual reproduction in some lower plants (as a fungus) — compare plus

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