Definition of plus in English:



  • 1With the addition of:

    ‘two plus four is six’
    ‘he was awarded the full amount plus interest’
    • ‘At the end of the year the loan plus the interest must be repaid.’
    • ‘With a repayment loan, each month you pay interest, plus a small amount off the outstanding balance of the loan.’
    • ‘The annual interest rate is 2.2 per cent, plus additional 1.8 per cent for consultancy services.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They had recovered the full amount of their claim plus interest.’
    • ‘The global economy is motoring at a four per cent plus annual growth rate.’
    • ‘I should have managed to add those things together easier than one plus one.’
    • ‘So it was said that the total loss amounted to £45,000 plus interest, both past and continuing at a daily rate of £10.’
    • ‘The government had given unions until yesterday to accept or reject its final offer of a six percent salary increase plus a one percent bonus for performing workers.’
    • ‘The tax owing, plus full interest and penalties could be up to 40,000 euro.’
    • ‘You'd have to pay us a full year plus the six or so weeks left in this contract.’
    • ‘But if a home bought under the right to buy is demolished, councils have to pay compensation of the full market value plus 10 percent relocation costs.’
    • ‘Currently, states receive the same base amount plus additional funds depending on population.’
    • ‘A solution (two or more things mixed together) of oil plus another ingredient would increase the density of the oil.’
    • ‘The claim is for four per cent plus £200 pay rise with a £6.04 per hour minimum wage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In other words, is two plus two four, or two plus two six?’
    • ‘It was talking about two plus two makes four, and addition now gives you so much more!’
    • ‘There will be judgment for the plaintiff in the amount of $17,000 plus prejudgment interest.’
    • ‘You may be entitled to buy back the vehicle if you pay the full amount owed plus any expenses connected with its repossession, such as storage and preparation for sale.’
    • ‘That's 48 songs all together plus one to begin with and one to end it all.’
    and, added to, increased by, with the addition of
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    1. 1.1informal Together with:
      ‘all apartments have a small kitchen plus private bathroom’
      • ‘It was whitewashed and had two bedrooms upstairs and a sitting room downstairs, plus a sort of kitchen and a little scullery.’
      • ‘The club has recently had an internal makeover of a new bar and redesigned kitchen, plus a new ceiling.’
      • ‘Somehow I got it into my head that there was a normal bathroom plus an ensuite.’
      • ‘Along with plenty of sleeping space, it has a large living and dining area downstairs, plus a fully equipped kitchen.’
      • ‘Over there, you'll find a list of all their films together, plus cast lists, a brief summary of each plot and my evaluation of each film.’
      • ‘There are four teaching staff plus headteacher Gill and six teaching assistants.’
      • ‘The guesthouse upstairs includes the living space - an open room combining living room and kitchen - plus a bedroom and bath.’
      • ‘It had a sitting room, dining room and kitchen, plus a huge terrace with views to the beach and the beautiful mansions of the rich and famous.’
      • ‘With two main storeys, as well as an attic and a basement, the townhouse comprises 18 main rooms plus a kitchen, and six bathrooms.’
      • ‘In addition, grandparents, plus aunts and uncles and their children, may also live under the same roof.’
      • ‘Exhibitors will be selling finest bone china plus quality kitchen and glassware.’
      • ‘I met three of those young people, plus their parents.’
      • ‘In addition, there is an interconnecting annexe with three bedrooms, a combined living room and kitchen, a bathroom, plus its own courtyard garden.’
      • ‘This brought the total cost of the restoration, plus the new additions, to the $90 million level.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ortanique has two large kitchens plus plenty of seats on two levels with two bars, so it's easily equipped to handle catered special events in-house.’
      • ‘It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, one en suite, plus sitting room and kitchen.’
      • ‘The apartment consisted of two rooms, plus a kitchen, bath, and toilet.’
      • ‘Apartments commonly consist of two or three rooms plus a kitchen and a bathroom.’
      • ‘I cleaned the master bedroom and master bathroom plus the second bathroom on Saturday.’
      as well as, together with, along with, in addition to, added to, and, not to mention, besides, coupled with, with
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  • 2(of temperature) above zero:

    ‘the temperature is frequently plus 35 degrees at midday’
    • ‘Our winter low overnight, ever lowest overnight temperature is plus 9, so it's hard to imagine it having ever snowed but apparently it did once.’
    • ‘Highest maximum air temperature was plus 14.0 degree C recorded on the 15th.’
    • ‘Mornings would see me waking to my fancy alarm clock's digital readout of a temperature of a tooth-chattering plus three Celsius.’
    • ‘Highest maximum air temperature plus 23.1 degree C was recorded on June 14.’
    • ‘The pair had to be prepared for all eventualities, as although climbing during the winter season the temperature on the mountain can vary from minus to plus 20 degrees.’


  • 1[postpositive] (after a number or amount) at least:

    ‘companies put losses at $500,000 plus’
    • ‘It is China's hottest region with more than 100 days of 40 plus degrees of heat in summer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, he's 30 plus years younger than I am and doesn't see me or need me in the way I see him.’
    • ‘I was especially impressed by the dedication of the guys in stilts, as walking on stilts in 30 plus degree weather for two or so hours can not be easy.’
    • ‘The players have to be fit and endure 35-degree plus temperatures from about October through to February in the scorching WA sun.’
    • ‘Over 3000 have access to the kitchen including 1900 plus volunteers, performers, guests and service personnel.’
    • ‘One was left to wonder what the coach trip back was like with fifty plus unshowered golfers crammed together for the hour journey.’
    • ‘The organisers put together some 60 plus events.’
    • ‘Job losses too had a look of inevitability about then, but the two hundred and thirty plus was well above general expectations.’
    • ‘In addition, we also have written history and legends to help us sort of piece together the last 3,000 plus years of the Shih Tzu's history.’
    1. 1.1 (after a grade) rather better than:
      ‘B plus’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If she got all the points, her grade would go to an A plus, and stay there for a long time.’
  • 2(before a number) above zero; positive:

    ‘plus 60 degrees centigrade’
    • ‘Last year, Wyoming won seven games and was 19th in the nation with a plus - 7 ratio.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In other words, everything must be kept to zero, not plus or minus.’
    • ‘In fact, only one of the other 13 teams has a plus score!’
  • 3Having a positive electric charge.


  • 1

    short for plus sign
    • ‘Be sure to wait until the cursor changes into a plus (+) before releasing the mouse button.’
    1. 1.1 A mathematical operation of addition:
      ‘a minus and a plus make another minus’
  • 2An advantage:

    ‘knowing the language is a decided plus’
    • ‘There are a lot of pluses that we have an executive in place.’
    • ‘He said the fact the match was scheduled for a Tuesday evening was a plus factor in drawing a good crowd.’
    • ‘Job moves that result in equal or more pay are a plus.’
    • ‘On the plus side at least he will have some energy in reserve.’
    • ‘Ultimately, though, increasing consumer awareness has been a plus, at least according to the drug industry.’
    • ‘On the plus side I won £220, which isn't a bad day's work.’
    • ‘‘If you improve on what you ran in practice, that's always a plus,’ Compton says.’
    • ‘We are a tight family, with all the pluses and disadvantages of that.’
    • ‘There are pluses and minuses for each approach.’
    • ‘A plus factor of this expedition is that the Irish speak English.’
    • ‘On the plus side, at least I haven't had to deal with sunburn.’
    • ‘But resourceful choreographers can turn a negative into a plus.’
    • ‘On the plus side, they pay zero taxes on their income.’
    • ‘His throwing accuracy is a plus, and he is smooth on the pivot.’
    • ‘Cost is also a major factor on the plus side of vegetarianism.’
    • ‘On the plus side my curtains will finally get hung.’
    • ‘On the plus side, at least we can take comfort in the fact that it won't drive her fiancée mad.’
    • ‘But I still have to get through the day at work, although on the plus side at least it's warm in the office.’
    • ‘At Harvard, membership in a minority group was a plus factor.’
    • ‘He suddenly looked acutely self-conscious, which at least had the plus point of making me less aware of my own embarrassment.’
    advantage, good point, plus point, asset, pro, benefit, added advantage, additional benefit, fringe benefit, bonus, extra, added extra, perk, dividend, attraction, attractive feature, beauty
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  • Furthermore; also:

    ‘it's packed full of medical advice, plus it keeps you informed about the latest research’
    • ‘Keeping all that bathroom clutter away in cupboards also helps to make your bathroom feel bigger - plus make it easier to clean.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our third block classes were right next to each other, plus we had lunch together.’
    also, as well, in addition, additionally, into the bargain, besides, furthermore, moreover, yet, on top of that, to boot
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Mid 16th century: from Latin, literally more.