There are 3 definitions of minute in English:

minute1

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɪnɪt
 
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noun

1A period of time equal to sixty seconds or a sixtieth of an hour: we waited for twenty minutes I’ll be there in ten minutes' time
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  • Use different units: months, weeks and days, even hours, minutes and seconds.
  • Keighley had to play the first ten minutes of the second period with only 14 men.
  • Gavin Chapman came in with an overall time of four hours, twenty five minutes and nine seconds.
1.1The distance covered in a minute by someone driving or walking: the hotel is situated just ten minutes from the centre of the resort
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  • If you're prepared to walk a few minutes from the harbour, car parking is free.
  • This house is within walking distance of the city centre, a few minutes from Herbert Park.
  • No young child should have to attend a primary school 45 minutes walking distance away.
1.2 informal A very short time: come and sit down for a minute
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  • Think about the bit in the brackets for a minute.
  • Well, let's get to Mohamed Atta for a minute because you mentioned him as well.
  • And then, once they'd turned their backs for a minute to do something else, we could see my pizza catch fire and eventually blacken to a cinder.
Synonyms
moment, short time, little while, second, bit, instant
informal sec, nanosecond, jiffy, jiff
British informal tick, mo, two ticks
1.3A point in time: she was laughing one minute and crying the next
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  • It is amazing that your life can turn in an instant, one minute enjoying a social event, the next lying face down in the gutter, or in a cell somewhere.
  • One minute you're angry and the next minute you're happy.
Synonyms
2 (also arc minute or minute of arc) A sixtieth of a degree of angular measurement (symbol: ʹ): Delta Lyrae is a double star with a separation of over 10 minutes of arc
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  • To have any chance of affecting a pilot's vision, a would-be terrorist would have to be capable of keeping the beam pointed to an accuracy of 3 minutes of arc, one-tenth the diameter of a Full Moon.
  • He had just invented a new instrument: a prototype sextant with arms nearly six feet in length and a scale graduated to single minutes of arc.
  • But Kepler found a discrepancy of eight minutes of arc between the observed and predicted positions of the planet.

Origin

late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin minuta, feminine (used as a noun) of minutus 'made small'. The senses 'period of sixty seconds' and 'sixtieth of a degree' derive from medieval Latin pars minuta prima 'first minute part'.

Phrases

any minute (or at any minute)

Very soon: a fight seemed likely to break out at any minute
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  • The doorbell will ring any minute, and soon the sockeye and I will be fork-tender.
  • He started moving the books from the old, cheap shelves, which were threatening to break again at any minute.
  • There he was, hanging by one arm to a rock that looked ready to break off at any minute.
Synonyms
very soon, in a moment, in a second, in a trice, in a flash, shortly, any minute, any minute now, in a short time, in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, in (less than) no time, in no time at all, before you know it, before long; North Americanmomentarily
informal in a jiffy, in a nanosecond, in two shakes, in two shakes of a lamb's tail, in the blink of an eye, in a blink, in the wink of an eye, in a wink, before you can say Jack Robinson, before you can say knife
British informal in a tick, in a mo, in two ticks
North American informal in a snap
archaic or informal anon
archaic ere long

at the minute

British informal At the present time: I’ve got things on my mind at the minute
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  • The site isn't up to much at the minute - mind, nor is BT's ADSL service - so the two are in good company.
  • Low borrowing rates and the absence of currency risks favours Europe at the minute.
  • James added: ‘We are discussing middle names at the minute and Jacqui and Jeanette have cropped up.’

by the minute

Very rapidly: matters grew worse by the minute
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  • The chances of getting back will grow dimmer by the minute.
  • The tempo of the game dropped as a result and Shelbourne grew more comfortable by the minute.
  • The consistency with which Celtic confound expectation grows more remarkable by the minute.

just (or wait) a minute

1Used as a request to delay an action or decision for a short time: wait a minute—I have to put my make-up on
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  • He stripped from his waist up, put on a black face, did about 20 minutes of the show and then said, wait a minute.
  • Wait a minute - I have to go back and make sure that's what I actually saw.
Synonyms
be patient, wait a moment/second, just a moment/minute/second, hold on
informal hang on, hold your horses
British informal hang about
2Used as a prelude to a query or objection: wait a minute—that just isn’t true
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  • Wait a minute, wait a minute, doesn't BET also air a show called Comic View where on any given day any comedian could have two or three Michael Jackson jokes?
  • The less money you make - wait a minute, wait a minute - the less money you make, the less taxes you pay.
  • And I thought about it for a minute and said, wait a minute, there's a lot to be thankful for.

the minute (or the minute that)

As soon as: let me know the minute he returns
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  • I regretted it all from the minute I saw it in the mirror until the minute it had fully grown back.
  • But, the minute Doc put pen to paper, it became politicised in the way that he frames and describes it.
  • Most sows are sent to the slaughter house the minute they can't reproduce babies.

not for a minute

Not at all: he didn’t fool me for a minute
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  • And that would not surprise me in the least, not for a minute.
  • That's not for a minute to assert that those without savings are in any way lesser parents, or that families that scrimp and save do not provide warm and loving homes.
  • I've certainly never resented all the training, not for a minute.

this minute (or this very minute)

informal
1At once; immediately: pull yourself together this minute
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  • You had better straighten up right this minute or you'll go to bed without dinner.
  • I'm coming up to check this minute - switch that computer off immediately!
  • As Sara Cox said this morning: ‘JJ72, stop making all that pop music racket upstairs in your bedroom and come down here this minute… your tea's getting cold!’
Synonyms
at once, immediately, directly, this moment, this second, instantly, straight away, right away, right now, without further/more ado, forthwith; Frenchtout de suite; Latininstanter
informal pronto, straight off, right off, toot sweet
archaic straight
2British Only a short while ago: I’ve just this minute got back home
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  • Ah, but don't worry, I've just this minute received an email from the landlord in Ireland who has authorised me to send round an electrician.
  • I have just this minute signed the contract and it is now on the way to the solicitors.
  • I just this minute blagged my way into an informal meeting tomorrow with the MD of a company I'd love to work for; it's in the business services sector.

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There are 3 definitions of minute in English:

minute2

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Pronunciation: /mʌɪˈnjuːt
 
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adjective (minutest)

1Extremely small: minute particles
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  • Resuscitation may have dislodged it and allowed minute food particles to pass into the lower respiratory tract.
  • Nothing whatsoever, not even the most minute particle, exists independently or permanently on its own.
  • Saudi Arabia has more Red Sea coastline than any other nation, yet only a minute fraction is accessible to divers.
Synonyms
tiny, minuscule, microscopic, nanoscopic, very small, little, micro, diminutive, miniature, baby, toy, midget, dwarf, pygmy, Lilliputian; Scottishwee
British informal titchy
North American informal little-bitty
1.1So small as to be insignificant: he will have no more than a minute chance of exercising influence
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  • In some places this process was for a time so minute and insignificant that it escaped detection.
  • Manchester United matched the form of Chelsea for the majority of that period, keeping them in with a minute chance of overtaking them in the title race.
  • I know far too many bits of minute trivia having to do with the Star Trek series and films.
Synonyms
negligible, slight, infinitesimal, minimal, trifling, trivial, paltry, petty, insignificant, inappreciable
informal piffling, piddling
North American informal picayune
1.2(Of an investigation or account) taking the smallest points into consideration; precise and meticulous: a minute examination of the islands
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  • His winning is no longer a story, his losing guarantees him a hard time and minute analysis of everything from his serve to his choice of coach.
  • The small percipient eyes are screwed up, and wrinkled from his repeated minute scrutinies.
  • The pair had camped in the video room for most of the night, watching the security tapes with minute scrutiny.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'lesser', with reference to a tithe or tax): from Latin minutus 'lessened', past participle of minuere.

Derivatives

minuteness

noun
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  • John Stuart Mill remarked that Grote's History was written ‘with the precision and minuteness of one who neither desires nor expects that anything will be taken upon trust’.
  • In technical perfection and minuteness of detail, Sánchez Coello's courtly portraits are comparable to those of the best contemporary Netherlandish masters.
  • The minuteness of detail, especially in early accounts, indicates that this suggestion must have been seen as a real threat.

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There are 3 definitions of minute in English:

minute3

Line breaks: min¦ute
Pronunciation: /ˈmɪnɪt
 
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noun

1 (minutes) A summarized record of the proceedings at a meeting: Pat is taking the minutes
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  • The only written record are the minutes of the meeting taken by Mr Wilson.
  • The minutes of the meeting record a two-minute silence, followed by a motion to close.
  • Secretary has the normal secretarial work of convening meetings and recording minutes.
Synonyms
record(s), proceedings, log, notes, transactions, account; transcript, summary, résumé
2An official memorandum authorizing or recommending a course of action.
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  • An office minute recommending dissolution of this forum to take effect from early April 2007 is being drafted for Second Commissioner approval.
  • It is suggested that all the trustees unanimously sign the Financial Statements, or unanimously sign a Minute authorizing an individual to sign the Financial Statements on behalf of the trust.

verb

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1Record (the proceedings of a meeting): the Secretary shall minute the proceedings of each meeting
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  • Incredibly, not a single meeting is minuted, and no recordings are made.
  • As the meeting was not minuted, I wrote a letter to you after this meeting to ensure that there would be no misunderstanding.
  • I don't recall who asked the question, or if the meeting was properly minuted, but the response was that the traffic model showed that Staverton would be a ‘pinch-point somewhere that drivers would avoid’.
2Send a memorandum to (someone): look up the case and minute me about it
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  • Private Secretary minuted me on 31 May to say that the Minister was sure this was the right approach.
  • Strangely enough, my executive minuted me that it was very upset about that, but it did not do a great deal about it.

Origin

late Middle English (in the singular in the sense 'note or memorandum'): from French minute, from the notion of a rough copy in ‘small writing’ (Latin scriptura minuta) as distinct from the fair copy in book hand. The verb dates from the mid 16th century.

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