# minus

minus is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
 minus

## Contents

### Pronunciation

• enPR: mīn-əs
• IPA: /ˈmaɪnəs/
• SAMPA: /"maIn@s/
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## Preposition

 Preposition minus
1. You use ${\displaystyle x}$ minus ${\displaystyle y}$ to show that ${\displaystyle y}$ is taken away from ${\displaystyle x}$.
Five minus three is two. ${\displaystyle (5-3=2)}$
The TV is \$299 minus a 10% discount.
The margin of error is plus or minus one per cent.

## Noun

 Singular minus
1. (mathematics) A minus sign, negative sign, or minus is the symbol "-". It is used in more than one situation:
• before a number, to indicate that it is a negative number.
• in a math problem 3 - 1 = 2 to indicate subtraction.