Definition of minimum noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɪnɪməm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪnɪməm//
    (pl. minima
    BrE BrE//ˈmɪnɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪnɪ//
    [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 in the evening studying. Temperatures will fall to a minimum of 10 degrees.
  2. 2  [singular] an extremely small amount He passed the exams with the minimum of effort. The room had a minimum of furniture. opposite maximum
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin, neuter of minimus ‘least’.Extra examples Candidates must have a degree at a minimum. He’s always done the minimum possible to pass his exams. Many people pay the minimum on their credit cards. Many states impose an age minimum of eighteen for the death penalty. The sun’s temperature reached a minimum in the summer of 1981. The tent can be put up with the minimum of effort. Two fire crews managed to keep damage to a minimum. We tried to keep costs down to a minimum. a minimum of $20