Date: | 1300-1400 |

Language: | Old French |

Origin: | Medieval Latin minuta, from pars minuta prima 'first small part, one sixtieth of a unit', from Latin minutus; MINUTE^{2} |

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min‧ute1 S1 W1 [countable]

1## time

TMHM a unit for measuring time. There are 60 minutes in one hour :

It takes me ten minutes to walk to work.

The train arrived at four minutes past eight.

He returned a few minutes later.

I'll meet you at the car in five minutes.

3## by the minute

also every minute, minute by minute used to say that something continues quickly becoming greater, stronger etc :

She was getting angrier by the minute.

His voice was getting stronger every minute.

4## love/enjoy/hate etc every minute (of something)

informal if you love, enjoy etc every minute of an activity or experience, you love, enjoy etc all of it :

I went camping for a week and enjoyed every minute of it.

6## a minute

TMC a very short period of time [= moment]:

Sam thought for a minute, then smiled at his brother.

Can I have a word? It will only take a minute.

7 spoken## in a minute

PMN very soon :

Wait here. I'll be back in a minute.

Mr Gregson will be with you in a minute.

8 spoken## 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 :

Just a minute, Margaret, I want to introduce you to Betty.

Wait a minute, let me see if I understand this correctly.

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.

9 spoken## (at) any minute (now)

used to say that something will or may happen extremely soon :

We're expecting them any minute now.

10 spoken## have you got a minute?

British English do you have a minute? American English used to ask someone if you may talk to them for a short time :

Have you got a minute ? I need to ask you some questions.

11 spoken## the minute (that) somebody does something

as soon as someone does something :

Tell him I need to see him the minute he arrives.

12 spoken## 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.

15## one minute ... the next (minute) ...

used to say that a situation suddenly changes :

One minute they're madly in love and the next they've split up again.

17HM## mathematics

technical one of the sixty parts into which a degree of an angle is divided. It can be shown as a symbol after a number. For example, 78º 52' means 78 degrees 52 minutes. ➔ up-to-the-minute

Definition of minute from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English within

the topic MATHS

the topic MATHS

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