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plus Syllabification: plus

Definition of plus in English:


1With the addition of: two plus four is six he was awarded the full amount plus interest
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  • Under the reform bill, if the loan is less than two-and-a-half years old, you must repay the full amount owed, plus interest.
  • They had recovered the full amount of their claim plus interest.
  • It's not stated in the annual report but McLoughlin is entitled to a salary of £200,000 plus four times that amount in the event of a takeover.
and, added to
1.1 informal Together with: all apartments have a small kitchen plus private bathroom
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  • It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, one en suite, plus sitting room and kitchen.
  • In addition, there is an interconnecting annexe with three bedrooms, a combined living room and kitchen, a bathroom, plus its own courtyard garden.
  • He loved all his girls, but we were all over the place, so it was hard to get the three of them and Seanna together, and plus him being sick and in and out of the hospital, it was really tough.


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1 [postpositive] (After a number or amount) at least: companies put losses at $500,000 plus
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  • The organisers put together some 60 plus events.
  • Over 3000 have access to the kitchen including 1900 plus volunteers, performers, guests and service personnel.
  • A €63m investment is also to be provided by the State which is expected to lever in a further €200m plus from the private sector.
1.1(After a grade) better than: B plus
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  • If she got all the points, her grade would go to an A plus, and stay there for a long time.
  • I finally decided that the pluses and negatives balance one another out, so I opted not to assign extra credit but gave it an A + for ease of use.
  • Also, the A plus plus part, for some reason, the symbol of a plus sign wouldn't show up so I had to spell it out.
2(Before a number) above zero; positive: plus 60 degrees centigrade
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  • Last year, Wyoming won seven games and was 19th in the nation with a plus - 7 ratio.
  • In fact, only one of the other 13 teams has a plus score!
  • Gulko, who is one of the few players with a plus score against Garry Kasparov, spent most of his life in the former Soviet Union and is the only player to have won both the USSR and US titles.
3Having a positive electric charge.

noun (plural pluses or plusses)

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1 short for plus sign.
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  • Be sure to wait until the cursor changes into a plus (+) before releasing the mouse button.
2An advantage: knowing the language is a decided plus [as modifier]: on the plus side, the employees are enthusiastic and good-natured
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  • On the plus side, at least we can take comfort in the fact that it won't drive her fiancée mad.
  • On the plus side, at least I haven't had to deal with sunburn.
  • On the plus side at least he will have some energy in reserve.
advantage, good point, asset, pro, (fringe) benefit, bonus, extra, attraction
informal perk
formal perquisite


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Furthermore; also: it’s packed full of medical advice, plus it keeps you informed about the latest research
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  • A sell-off would provide Berlin with some cash to plug budget gaps; plus, any private bank that takes it over would no longer be overly reliant on the whims of a fickle capital market.
  • Keeping all that bathroom clutter away in cupboards also helps to make your bathroom feel bigger - plus make it easier to clean.
  • Our third block classes were right next to each other, plus we had lunch together.


Mid 16th century: from Latin, literally 'more'.

  • This is an English use of a Latin word meaning literally ‘more’. The garment plus fours (1920s) associated with golf, derive their name from the overhang at the knee requiring an extra 10cm (4in) of material. Plural (Late Middle English) from Latin Pluralis ‘relating to more than one’ formed from plus.


The use of plus as a conjunction meaningfurthermore’ ( plus, we will be pleased to give you personal financial advice) is considered informal and should be avoided in formal writing.


on the plus side

Used to introduce a positive statement: on the plus side, the staff are enthusiastic and good-natured

plus or minus

Used to define the margin of error of an estimate or calculation: the coral was estimated to be 840 years old, plus or minus 40 years
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  • It had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.7 percentage points.
  • The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.
  • Since the poll's error margin is plus or minus 4 percentage points, the race is virtually tied.

Words that rhyme with plus

bus, buss, concuss, cuss, fuss, Gus, huss, muss, pus, Russ, sus, suss, thus, truss, us

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