minute


minute
1 /'mInit/ noun (C)
1 TIME one of the 60 parts into which an hour is divided: It takes me ten minutes to walk to work. | The train arrived at four minutes past eight.
2 at the last minute at the last possible time, just before it is too late: Clare changed her mind at the last minute and came with us.
—see also: last­minute
3 by the minute also every minute, minute by minute spoken increasingly as time passes: "Do you still feel sick?" "No, I'm feeling better by the minute."
4 love/enjoy/hate etc every minute of informal to love, enjoy etc all of something: I went camping for a week and enjoyed every minute of it.
5 within minutes very soon after something has happened: The ambulance was there within minutes.
6 MEETING minutes (plural) an official written record of what is said and decided at a meeting
7 NOTE ON A REPORT a short official note on or about a document
8 MATHEMATICS technical one of the 60 parts into which a degree of angle is divided
—see also: up­to­the­minute
9 a minute a very short period of time; moment (2): He was there a minute ago. | Stay there a minute.
10 in a minute very soon: All right, I'll do it in a minute. | Mr Gregson will be with you in a minute.
11 wait a minute/just a minute/hold on a minute/hang on a minute
a) used to tell someone you want them to wait for a short time while you do or say something else: Wait a minute, I have to turn off the cooker. | Just a minute, I'll see if she's in.
b) used to tell someone to stop speaking or doing something for a short time because they have said or done something wrong: Hold on a minute! That can't be right.
12 any minute now used to say that something will happen extremely soon: We're expecting them any minute now.
13 have you got a minute? BrE do you have a minute? AmE used to ask someone if it is convenient for you to talk to them for a short time: Have you got a minute? I've got a problem.
14 one minute
a) used to say that a situation suddenly changes: One minute they're madly in love and the next they've split up again.
b) used to ask someone to wait for a short time while you do something else: One minute Stephen, let me finish this.
15 the minute sb does sth as soon as someone does something: Tell him I need to see him the minute he arrives.
16 the next minute immediately afterwards: I put down the phone and the next minute it rang again.
17 not think/believe/etc for one minute used to say that you certainly do not think something, believe something etc: I don't think for one minute that he'll do it but I have to ask.
18 this minute used to tell someone, often angrily, to do something immediately: Johnny! Get inside, this minute!
2 adjective
1 extremely small: There's been a minute improvement in sales figures. | Her handwriting is minute.
2 paying careful attention to the smallest details: a minute examination of the rock | in minute detail: He explained the plan in minute detail.
— minutely adverb — minuteness noun (U) 3 verb (T) especially BrE to make an official note of something in the record of a meeting

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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