- part of hour
- 1[countable] (abbreviation min.) each of the 60 parts of an hour, that are equal to 60 seconds It's four minutes to six. I'll be back in a few minutes. Boil the rice for 20 minutes. a ten-minute bus ride I enjoyed every minute of the party. Just minutes into the second half of the game Robinson scored his second goal. very short time
- 2[singular] (informal) a very short time It only takes a minute to make a salad. Hang on a minute—I'll just get my coat. I just have to finish this—I won't be a minute. Could I see you for a minute? I'll be with you in a minute, Jo. Typical Seattle weather—one minute it's raining and the next minute the sun is shining. exact moment
- 3[singular] an exact moment in time At that very minute, Tom walked in. angles
- 4[countable] each of the 60 equal parts of a degree, used in measuring angles 37 degrees 30 minutes (37° 30′) record of meeting
- 5the minutes [plural] a summary or record of what is said or decided at a formal meeting We read through the minutes of the last meeting. Who is going to take the minutes (= write them)? short note
- 6[countable] a short note on a subject, especially one that recommends a course of action Idioms
- 1having the latest information The traffic reports are up to the minute. see also up-to-the-minute
- 2fashionable and modern Her styles are always up to the minute.
- 1to wait for a short time Can you wait a second while I make a call?
- 2used when you have just noticed or remembered something, or had a sudden idea Wait a minute — this isn't the right key.
very soon Hurry up! He'll be back any minute now.
(at) any minute (now)jump to other results
used to ask someone to wait for a short time “Is Mr. Burns available?” “Just a second, please, I'll check.”
just a minute/moment/second (informal)jump to other results
the latest possible time before an important event They changed their plans at the last minute. Don't leave your decision to the last moment.
the last minute/momentjump to other results
as soon as… I want to see him the minute he arrives. The minute she walked through the door I thought she looked different.
the minute (that)…jump to other results
certainly not; not at all I don't think for a minute that she'll accept but you can ask her.
not for a/one minutejump to other results
used to say that someone is very stupid
there's one born every minute (saying)jump to other results
immediately; now Come down this minute! I don't know what I'm going to do yet—I've just this minute found out.
this minutejump to other results
exactly The train arrived at 9:05 to the minute.
to the minutejump to other results
up to the minute (informal)jump to other results
wait a minute/moment/secondjump to other results