minimum


minimum
I. minimum min‧i‧mum 1 [ˈmɪnməm] adjective [only before a noun]
the smallest or least that is possible, allowed, or needed:

Minimum investment in each fund is £2000.

• There is a minimum charge of £30.

• The minimum requirements for the job are a degree and a teaching qualification.

— compare maximum1
  [m0] II. minimum minimum 2 written abbreviation min noun [singular]
1. the smallest amount or number of something that is possible, allowed, or needed:
minimum of

• Applicants should have a minimum of five years' professional experience.

• The company needed to raise a minimum of £150 million in new equity.

2. keep/​reduce something to a minimum to limit something to the smallest amount or degree possible:

• It is essential that we keep costs to a minimum.

• Risks must be reduced to the absolute minimum.

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minimum UK US /ˈmɪnɪməm/ noun [C, usually singular] (WRITTEN ABBREVIATION min.)
the smallest amount or number allowed or possible: keep sth to a minimum »

Wage increases are being kept to a minimum because of the recession.

with the minimum of sth »

They installed the new computer system with the minimum of fuss, so there was no disruption at all to our work.

»

Staff earn a minimum of $15 an hour.

»

He only does the bare minimum of work and shows no enthusiasm at all.

Compare MAXIMUM(Cf. maximum) noun
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minimum UK US /ˈmɪnɪməm/ adjective (WRITTEN ABBREVIATION min.)
used for describing something that is the smallest allowed or possible: »

You will pay a lot of interest on a credit card if you only pay off the minimum amount each month.

»

A degree is the minimum qualification for a highly-skilled worker's visa.

Compare MAXIMUM(Cf. ↑maximum) adjective
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minimum UK US /ˈmɪnɪməm/ adverb (WRITTEN ABBREVIATION min.)
INFORMAL not less than a particular number or amount: »

You have to work here for six months minimum before you qualify for a bonus.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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