Definition of plus in US English:



  • 1With the addition of.

    ‘two plus four is six’
    ‘he was awarded the full amount plus interest’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You'd have to pay us a full year plus the six or so weeks left in this contract.’
    • ‘So it was said that the total loss amounted to £45,000 plus interest, both past and continuing at a daily rate of £10.’
    • ‘In other words, is two plus two four, or two plus two six?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That's 48 songs all together plus one to begin with and one to end it all.’
    • ‘I should have managed to add those things together easier than one plus one.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was talking about two plus two makes four, and addition now gives you so much more!’
    • ‘They had recovered the full amount of their claim plus interest.’
    • ‘The annual interest rate is 2.2 per cent, plus additional 1.8 per cent for consultancy services.’
    • ‘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 claim is for four per cent plus £200 pay rise with a £6.04 per hour minimum wage.’
    • ‘A solution (two or more things mixed together) of oil plus another ingredient would increase the density of the oil.’
    • ‘Currently, states receive the same base amount plus additional funds depending on population.’
    • ‘The global economy is motoring at a four per cent plus annual growth rate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The tax owing, plus full interest and penalties could be up to 40,000 euro.’
    • ‘At the end of the year the loan plus the interest must be repaid.’
    • ‘There will be judgment for the plaintiff in the amount of $17,000 plus prejudgment interest.’
    • ‘With a repayment loan, each month you pay interest, plus a small amount off the outstanding balance of the loan.’
    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’
      • ‘With two main storeys, as well as an attic and a basement, the townhouse comprises 18 main rooms plus a kitchen, and six bathrooms.’
      • ‘I met three of those young people, plus their parents.’
      • ‘Exhibitors will be selling finest bone china plus quality kitchen and glassware.’
      • ‘It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, one en suite, plus sitting room and kitchen.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The apartment consisted of two rooms, plus a kitchen, bath, and toilet.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Along with plenty of sleeping space, it has a large living and dining area downstairs, plus a fully equipped kitchen.’
      • ‘In addition, grandparents, plus aunts and uncles and their children, may also live under the same roof.’
      • ‘Somehow I got it into my head that there was a normal bathroom plus an ensuite.’
      • ‘This brought the total cost of the restoration, plus the new additions, to the $90 million level.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In addition, there is an interconnecting annexe with three bedrooms, a combined living room and kitchen, a bathroom, plus its own courtyard garden.’
      • ‘The club has recently had an internal makeover of a new bar and redesigned kitchen, plus a new ceiling.’
      • ‘It was whitewashed and had two bedrooms upstairs and a sitting room downstairs, plus a sort of kitchen and a little scullery.’
      • ‘The guesthouse upstairs includes the living space - an open room combining living room and kitchen - plus a bedroom and bath.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There are four teaching staff plus headteacher Gill and six teaching assistants.’
      as well as, together with, along with, in addition to, added to, and, not to mention, besides, coupled with, with
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  • 1postpositive (after a number or amount) at least.

    ‘companies put losses at $500,000 plus’
    • ‘Over 3000 have access to the kitchen including 1900 plus volunteers, performers, guests and service personnel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One was left to wonder what the coach trip back was like with fifty plus unshowered golfers crammed together for the hour journey.’
    • ‘Job losses too had a look of inevitability about then, but the two hundred and thirty plus was well above general expectations.’
    • ‘The organisers put together some 60 plus events.’
    • ‘It is China's hottest region with more than 100 days of 40 plus degrees of heat in summer.’
    • ‘The players have to be fit and endure 35-degree plus temperatures from about October through to February in the scorching WA sun.’
    • ‘However, he's 30 plus years younger than I am and doesn't see me or need me in the way I see him.’
    • ‘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) better than.
      ‘B plus’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘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 fact, only one of the other 13 teams has a plus score!’
    • ‘Last year, Wyoming won seven games and was 19th in the nation with a plus - 7 ratio.’
    • ‘In other words, everything must be kept to zero, not plus or minus.’
  • 3Having a positive electric charge.

nounPlural pluses, Plural plusses

  • 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.
  • 2An advantage.

    ‘knowing the language is a decided plus’
    • ‘His throwing accuracy is a plus, and he is smooth on the pivot.’
    • ‘On the plus side I won £220, which isn't a bad day's work.’
    • ‘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 he will have some energy in reserve.’
    • ‘There are a lot of pluses that we have an executive in place.’
    • ‘But resourceful choreographers can turn a negative into a plus.’
    • ‘On the plus side, they pay zero taxes on their income.’
    • ‘We are a tight family, with all the pluses and disadvantages of that.’
    • ‘At Harvard, membership in a minority group was a plus factor.’
    • ‘He said the fact the match was scheduled for a Tuesday evening was a plus factor in drawing a good crowd.’
    • ‘A plus factor of this expedition is that the Irish speak English.’
    • ‘There are pluses and minuses for each approach.’
    • ‘Ultimately, though, increasing consumer awareness has been a plus, at least according to the drug industry.’
    • ‘‘If you improve on what you ran in practice, that's always a plus,’ Compton says.’
    • ‘Cost is also a major factor on the plus side of vegetarianism.’
    • ‘He suddenly looked acutely self-conscious, which at least had the plus point of making me less aware of my own embarrassment.’
    • ‘On the plus side my curtains will finally get hung.’
    • ‘On the plus side, at least I haven't had to deal with sunburn.’
    • ‘Job moves that result in equal or more pay are a plus.’
    • ‘But I still have to get through the day at work, although on the plus side at least it's warm in the office.’
    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.’
    • ‘Our third block classes were right next to each other, plus we had lunch together.’
    • ‘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.’
    also, as well, in addition, additionally, into the bargain, besides, furthermore, moreover, yet, on top of that, to boot
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The use of plus as a conjunction meaning ‘furthermore’ (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’
      • ‘The comparison information wasn't as good as its more established competitors, but on the plus side it returned a lot more hits and found a much lower price.’
      • ‘Cost is also a major factor on the plus side of vegetarianism.’
      • ‘On the plus side, there is no background distortion or hiss that I could make out.’
      • ‘On the plus side, I've had more time over the past month to catch up with some reading.’
      • ‘Links do require little more work to update, but, on the plus side, a more rational navigational structure is sometimes possible.’
      • ‘On the plus side, I went out for a run last night and did 23 minutes without stopping or suffering from shin splints.’
      • ‘On the plus side, the subtitles are clear and easy to read: solid white with black edging.’
      • ‘On the plus side, Paris is one of the best holiday destinations if the weather isn't great, because there are so many beautiful buildings and galleries to discover.’
      • ‘Also on the plus side, sales in the firm's travel retail businesses such as shops at ports and airports grew by three per cent to £301m.’
      • ‘On the plus side, the high-calibre cast is uniformly excellent.’
  • 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’
      • ‘It had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.7 percentage points.’
      • ‘Don't be alarmed if your oven is off by plus or minus 50 degrees.’
      • ‘Keep in mind that most power supplies inside the computers can reliably handle only plus or minus 10 percent in voltage fluctuation.’
      • ‘I was working to stay plus or minus 300 feet from the assigned altitude because of the up-and-down drafts.’
      • ‘The flight service says its count is accurate within a range of plus or minus 10 percent.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This prediction is uncertain to within plus or minus two days.’
      • ‘Its nominal dates are 418.7 to 416.0 million years ago, plus or minus 2.7 million years at either end.’
      • ‘The poll surveyed 1,016 adults; the margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.’


Mid 16th century: from Latin, literally ‘more’.