bare minimum


bare minimum
The smallest possible quantity or the least fulfilling, but still adequate, condition that is required, acceptable, or suitable for some purpose.

The Belgian colonies, if they adhere to these limits, must provide for all their wants at a lower cost by one half than the French as a bare minimum.


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  • bare — [[t]be͟ə(r)[/t]] ♦♦♦ barer, barest, bares, baring, bared 1) ADJ If a part of your body is bare, it is not covered by any clothing. She was wearing only a thin robe over a flimsy nightdress, and her feet were bare... She had bare arms and a bare… …   English dictionary

  • bare — I UK [beə(r)] / US [ber] adjective Word forms bare : adjective bare comparative barer superlative barest ** 1) a part of your body that is bare is not covered by any clothes. When someone is not wearing any clothes at all, they are naked or nude… …   English dictionary

  • bare — 1 adjective 1 WITHOUT CLOTHES not covered by clothes: Jonathan s bare feet made no sound in the soft sand. 2 LAND/TREES not covered by trees or grass, or not having any leaves: a bare hillside 3 ROOMS empty, not covered by anything, or not having …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • minimum — min|i|mum1 W3S2 [ˈmınıməm] adj [only before noun] the minimum number, degree, or amount of something is the smallest or least that is possible, allowed, or needed ≠ ↑maximum ▪ The minimum number of students we need to run the course is fifteen. ▪ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bare — bare1 [beə US ber] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(without clothes)¦ 2¦(land/trees)¦ 3¦(not covered/empty)¦ 4 the bare facts 5¦(smallest amount necessary)¦ 6 the bare bones 7 lay something bare 8 with your bare hands 9 bare infinitive ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old English; …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 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… …   Financial and business terms

  • bare — 01. Really, one year is the [bare] minimum of time during which one should expect to make very little profit or even lose a bit of money after opening a new business in this town. 02. Her head and shoulders were [bare], and got badly sunburned.… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • minimum — min|i|mum1 [ mınıməm ] adjective only before noun ** as small in amount or degree as possible: the minimum requirements for entry to college the minimum voting age ─ opposite MAXIMUM minimum min|i|mum 2 [ mınıməm ] noun singular ** the smallest… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • minimum — 1 adjective (only before noun) the minimum number, degree, or amount of something is the smallest or least that is possible, allowed, or needed: The minimum requirements for the job are a degree and two years experience. | a minimum price compare …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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