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Definition of minute noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    part of hour
  1. 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.
  2. very short time
  3. 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.
  4. exact moment
  5. 3[singular] an exact moment in time At that very minute, Tom walked in.
  6. angles
  7. 4[countable] each of the 60 equal parts of a degree, used in measuring angles 37 degrees 30 minutes (37° 30′)
  8. record of meeting
  9. 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)?
  10. short note
  11. 6[countable] a short note on a subject, especially one that recommends a course of action
  12. Idioms
    (at) any minute (now)
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    very soon Hurry up! He'll be back any minute now.
    just a minute/moment/second (informal)
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    used to ask someone to wait for a short time “Is Mr. Burns available?” “Just a second, please, I'll check.”
    the last minute/moment
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    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 minute (that)…
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    as soon as… I want to see him the minute he arrives. The minute she walked through the door I thought she looked different.
    not for a/one minute
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    certainly not; not at all I don't think for a minute that she'll accept but you can ask her.
    there's one born every minute (saying)
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    used to say that someone is very stupid
    this minute
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    immediately; now Come down this minute! I don't know what I'm going to do yet—I've just this minute found out.
    to the minute
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    exactly The train arrived at 9:05 to the minute.
      up to the minute (informal)
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    1. 1having the latest information The traffic reports are up to the minute. see also up-to-the-minute
    2. 2fashionable and modern Her styles are always up to the minute.
      wait a minute/moment/second
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    1. 1to wait for a short time Can you wait a second while I make a call?
    2. 2used when you have just noticed or remembered something, or had a sudden idea Wait a minute — this isn't the right key.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: minute