minute


minute
min|ute1 [ `mınıt ] noun ***
1. ) count a period of 60 seconds. There are 60 minutes in one hour:
I'll meet you downstairs in ten minutes.
We waited until twenty minutes to ten, then left.
Thompson scored again in the final minutes of the game.
a ) a short period of time:
It will only take a minute.
Carole spends every spare minute practicing.
for a minute: For a minute I thought she had left.
b ) the distance you can travel in a minute:
The city center is ten minutes away.
c ) a moment or point in time:
One minute he was there, the next he was gone.
any minute (=very soon): Jack should be here any minute.
within minutes: Within minutes I realized I was on the wrong train.
2. ) count TECHNICAL one of the 60 parts of a DEGREE (=a unit used in the measurement of angles)
3. ) minutes plural an official written record of what is discussed or decided at a formal meeting:
Shall we hear the minutes of the last meeting?
take the minutes (=write them): Carl usually takes the minutes, but he's not here tonight.
a ) count MAINLY BRITISH a short note or report about a particular subject
by the minute
used for referring to something that is changing or developing very quickly:
We became more annoyed by the minute.
every minute counts
it is important not to delay or waste time:
When you're on a tight schedule, every minute counts.
every minute (of something)
all of a period of time:
I enjoyed every minute of our trip to Hawaii.
hang on/hold on a minute SPOKEN
used for asking someone to wait for a short period of time, especially someone you are talking to on the telephone
the last minute
the latest possible time for doing something:
Jane always waits until the last minute to write her paper.
We decided to go at the last minute.
not for a/one minute
used in negative statements for emphasizing what you are saying:
Don't think for a minute that I'll forgive you for this!
I didn't believe her for one minute!
the minute you do something
1. ) as soon as you do something:
Please call me the minute you hear anything from the hospital.
2. ) used for saying that a particular action causes a quick result or reaction:
The minute you mention marriage, he's gone.
this minute INFORMAL
immediately, used especially for telling someone to do something at once:
Turn off that television this minute!
wait/just a minute SPOKEN
1. ) used for asking someone to wait or be patient:
Just a minute, sir, and I'll take your order.
2. ) used when you are about to disagree with what someone has said:
Wait a minute, that can't be right.
minute
min|ute 2 [ `mınıt ] verb transitive
to record something in the minutes of a meeting or in a note
mi|nute [ maı`nut ] adjective **
1. ) very small:
The soil contained minute quantities of uranium.
The chances of success were minute.
2. ) very careful and detailed:
a minute examination
in minute detail (=very carefully): Our lawyer went over the contract in minute detail.
╾ mi|nute|ness noun uncount

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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