Meaning of MINIMUM in English

MINIMUM

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.

1.

You use ~ to describe an amount which is the smallest that is possible, allowed, or required.

He was only five feet nine, the ~ height for a policeman.

...a rise in the ~ wage.

? maximum

ADJ: ADJ n

Minimum is also a noun.

This will take a ~ of one hour...

Four foot should be seen as an absolute ~.

N-SING: oft a N of amount

2.

You use ~ to state how small an amount is.

The basic needs of life are available with ~ effort...

Neil and Chris try to spend the ~ amount of time on the garden.

ADJ: ADJ n

Minimum is also a noun.

With a ~ of fuss, she produced the grandson he had so desperately wished for.

N-SING: a N of n

3.

If you say that something is a particular amount ~, you mean that this is the smallest amount it should be or could possibly be, although a larger amount is acceptable or very possible.

You’re talking over a thousand pounds ~ for one course.

? maximum

ADV: amount ADV

4.

You use at a ~, or at the ~, when you want to indicate that something is the very least which could or should happen.

This would take three months at a ~...

? at the maximum

PHRASE: amount PHR, PHR with cl, PHR after v

5.

If you say that someone keeps something to a ~, or to the ~, you mean that they keep the amount of it as small as possible.

Office machinery is kept to a ~...

PHRASE: PHR after v

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