Definition of minute adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//maɪˈnjuːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//maɪˈnjuːt//
    , also NAmE//maɪˈnuːt//
    (minuter, minutest)
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  1. 1extremely small synonym tiny minute amounts of chemicals in the water The kitchen on the boat is minute.
  2. 2very detailed, careful and thorough a minute examination/inspection She remembered everything in minute detail/in the minutest detail(s).
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘lesser’, with reference to a tithe or tax): from Latin minutus ‘lessened’, past participle of minuere.Extra examples Even minute amounts of bacteria in the water supply can cause disease. She remembered everything in minute detail/​in the minutest detail(s). There were minute traces of the drug present in his blood.
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