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Definition of minimum noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. minima
    [countable, usually singular]
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  1. 1(abbreviation min.) the smallest or lowest amount that is possible, required, or recorded Costs should be kept to a minimum. The class needs a minimum of six students to continue. As an absolute minimum, you should spend two hours studying every night. Temperatures will fall to a minimum of 10 degrees.
  2. 2[singular] an extremely small amount He did the bare minimum but still passed his exam. The room had a minimum of furniture. opposite maximum
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