Subtract – Definition with Examples

What is to Subtract? 

In math, to subtract means to take away from a group or a number of things. When we subtract, the number of things in the group reduces or becomes less. The minuend, subtrahend, and difference are parts of a subtraction problem. In the subtraction problem, 7 – 3 = 4, the number 7 is the minuend, the number 3 is the subtrahend and the number 4 is the difference.  

Here’s another example of a subtraction problem.

Subtraction Problem Parts Minuend Subtrahend Difference
Fun Facts
1. Subtraction is just the opposite of addition.
2. Also, every addition problem can be rewritten as a subtraction problem. 

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Eight little bluebirds sitting on a tree,
Five flew away, and then there were three.

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Instead of handing out math subtraction worksheets to your children, play the number plate game with them while driving them to school or for classes. Ask them to subtract the first, second, or third digit in the number plate of the car ahead from the biggest digit in it.  Ask them to be quick in answering.