Definition of mince verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    mince

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//mɪns//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɪns//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mince
    BrE BrE//mɪns//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɪns//
     
    he / she / it minces
    BrE BrE//ˈmɪnsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪnsɪz//
     
    past simple minced
    BrE BrE//mɪnst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɪnst//
     
    past participle minced
    BrE BrE//mɪnst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɪnst//
     
    -ing form mincing
    BrE BrE//ˈmɪnsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪnsɪŋ//
     
    Preparing food
     
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  1. 1(North American English also grind) [transitive] mince something to cut food, especially meat, into very small pieces using a special machine (called a mincer) minced beef See related entries: Preparing food
  2. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. (disapproving) to walk with quick short steps, in a way that is not natural He minced over to serve us.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French mincier, based on Latin minutia ‘smallness’.Idioms to say something in a direct way even though it might offend other people They were severely criticized by the chairman, who was not a man to mince his words.

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