minute


minute
min|ute1 W1S1 [ˈmınıt] n
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1¦(time)¦
2 the last minute
3 by the minute
4 love/enjoy/hate etc every minute (of something)
5 within minutes
6 a minute
7 in a minute
8 wait a minute/just a minute/hold on a minute/hang on a minute
9 (at) any minute (now)
10 have you got a minute?
11 the minute (that) somebody does something
12 not think/believe/etc for one minute
13 this minute
14 the next minute
15 one minute ... the next (minute) ...
16¦(meeting)¦
17¦(mathematics)¦
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[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: Medieval Latin minuta, from pars minuta prima 'first small part, one sixtieth of a unit', from Latin minutus; MINUTE2]
1.) ¦(TIME)¦
a unit for measuring time. There are 60 minutes in one hour
It takes me ten minutes to walk to work.
The train arrived at four minutes past eight.
He returned a few minutes later.
I'll meet you at the car in five minutes.
a one/two/three etc minute sth
a ten minute bus ride
2.) the last minute
the last possible time, just before it is too late
at the last minute
He cancelled his trip to England at the last minute.
until the last minute
If you leave your essay until the last minute, you'll almost certainly panic.
3.) by the minute also every minute, minute by minute
used to say that something continues quickly becoming greater, stronger etc
She was getting angrier by the minute.
His voice was getting stronger every minute.
4.) love/enjoy/hate etc every minute (of sth) informal if you love, enjoy etc every minute of an activity or experience, you love, enjoy etc all of it
I went camping for a week and enjoyed every minute of it.
5.) within minutes
very soon after something has happened
The ambulance was there within minutes.
within minutes of doing sth
He had his car stolen within minutes of arriving at the office.
6.) a minute
a very short period of time
= ↑moment
Sam thought for a minute, then smiled at his brother.
Can I have a quick word? It won't take a minute (=it won't take very long) .
7.) spoken in a minute
very soon
Wait here. I'll be back in a minute.
Mr Gregson will be with you in a minute.
8.) spoken wait a minute/just a minute/hold on a minute/hang on a minute
a) used to tell someone you want them to wait for a short time while you do or say something else
Just a minute, Margaret, I want to introduce you to Betty.
Wait a minute, let me see if I understand this correctly.
b) used to tell someone to stop speaking or doing something for a short time because they have said or done something wrong
Hold on a minute! That can't be right.
9.) spoken (at) any minute (now)
used to say that something will or may happen extremely soon
We're expecting them any minute now.
10.) spoken have you got a minute?
BrE do you have a minute? AmE
used to ask someone if you may talk to them for a short time
Have you got a minute ? I need to ask you some questions.
11.) spoken the minute (that) sb does sth
as soon as someone does something
Tell him I need to see him the minute he arrives.
12.) spoken not think/believe/etc for one minute
used to say that you certainly do not think something, believe something etc
I don't think for one minute that he'll do it but I have to ask.
13.) spoken this minute
immediately
Johnny! Get inside, this minute!
You don't have to tell me right this minute .
14.) the next minute
immediately afterwards
I put down the phone and the next minute it rang again.
15.) one minute ... the next (minute) ...
used to say that a situation suddenly changes
One minute they're madly in love and the next they've split up again.
16.) ¦(MEETING)¦
minutes [plural]
an official written record of what is said and decided at a meeting
Will you take the minutes (=write them down) ?
minutes of
Has everyone seen the minutes of last month's meeting?
17.) ¦(MATHEMATICS)¦
technical one of the sixty parts into which a degree of an angle is divided. It can be shown as a symbol after a number. For example, 78º 52' means 78 degrees 52 minutes.
minute 2
mi|nute2 [maıˈnju:t US -ˈnu:t] adj
[Date: 1600-1700; : Latin; Origin: minutus, from minuere 'to make smaller']
1.) extremely small
You only need a minute amount.
Her handwriting is minute.
2.) paying careful attention to the smallest details
a minute examination of the rock
He explained the plan in minute detail .
>minutely adv
She studied the letter minutely.
minute 3
min|ute3 [ˈmınıt] v [T]
especially BrE to make an official note of something in the record of a meeting
This discussion is off the record and should not be minuted.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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