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Definition of minus preposition from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1used when you subtract (= take away) one number or thing from another one Seven minus three equals four (7−3=4).
  2. 2used to express temperature below zero degrees It was minus ten. The temperature dropped to minus 15 degrees Fahrenheit (−15°F).
  3. 3(informal) without something that was there before We're going to be minus a car for a while. The group found itself minus a bass player. the former Soviet Union, minus the Baltic republics and Georgia opposite plus1
  4. Idioms
    plus or minus
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    used when the number mentioned may actually be more or less by a particular amount synonym give or take (something) The margin of error was plus or minus three percentage points.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: minus

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