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plus

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adjective \ˈpləs\

Definition of plus

  1. 1 :  algebraically positive

  2. 2 :  having, receiving, or being in addition to what is anticipated

  3. 3 a :  falling high in a specified range <a grade of C plus> b :  greater than that specified c :  possessing a specified quality to a high degree

  4. 4 :  electrically positive

  5. 5 :  relating to or being a particular one of the two mating types that are required for successful fertilization in sexual reproduction in some lower plantlike organisms (as a fungus)

Origin and Etymology of plus

Latin, adverb, more, from neuter of plur-, plus, adjective; akin to Greek pleion more, Latin plenus full — more at full


First Known Use: 1579


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plus

noun

Definition of plus

plural

pluses

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plusses

  1. 1 :  plus sign

  2. 2 :  an added quantity

  3. 3 :  a positive factor or quality

  4. 4 :  surplus

Examples of plus in a sentence

  1. The apartment isn't perfect, but the fact that it has new appliances is a plus.

  2. The job doesn't pay well, but the convenient hours are a definite plus.

1654

First Known Use of plus

1654


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plus

preposition

Definition of plus

  1. 1 :  increased by :  with the addition of <four plus five> <principal plus interest>

  2. 2 :  besides —used chiefly in speech and casual writing <plus all this, as a sedative it has no equal — Groucho Marx>

Examples of plus in a sentence

  1. The hotel has two restaurants, plus a bar and a swimming pool.

1668

First Known Use of plus

1668


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plus

conjunction

Definition of plus

  1. 1 :  and <eats alone, a hot beef sandwich plus a BLT plus apple pie — Garrison Keillor>

  2. 2 :  in addition to which <it's also pretty on my open shelves, plus it smells good — Nikki Giovanni>

Usage Discussion of plus

The preposition plus has long been used with a meaning equivalent to and (as in “two plus two”); people have come to use plus as a conjunction much like and. Sense 2 is considered to be an adverb by some. It is used chiefly in speech and in informal writing.

Examples of plus in a sentence

  1. He works a full-time job during the day, plus he goes to school at night.

  2. I enjoy gardening, plus it's good exercise.

Circa 1950

First Known Use of plus

circa 1950



PLUS Defined for English Language Learners

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plus

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adjective \ˈpləs\

Definition of plus for English Language Learners

  • : having a value that is above zero

  • —used after a number to indicate a range greater than that number


2

plus

noun

Definition of plus for English Language Learners

  • : something that is useful or helpful


3

plus

preposition

Definition of plus for English Language Learners

  • —used to indicate that one number or amount is being added to another

  • : and also : as well as


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plus

conjunction

Definition of plus for English Language Learners

  • : in addition


PLUS Defined for Kids

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plus

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adjective \ˈpləs\

Definition of plus for Students

  1. :  falling high in a certain range <He got a grade of B plus.>


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plus

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preposition

Definition of plus for Students

  1. :  increased by :  with the addition of <4 plus 5 equals 9.> <You can come, plus your friends.>


Medical Dictionary

plus

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adjective \ˈpləs\

Medical Definition of plus

  1. :  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 (as a fungus)—compare minus



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