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minuta, from pars minuta prima
'first small part, one sixtieth of a unit'
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.
a one/two/three etc minute something
a ten minute bus ride
the last minute
the last possible time, just before it is too late
at the last minute
He cancelled his trip to England at the last minute.
until the last minute
If you leave your essay until the last minute, you'll almost certainly panic.
by the minute
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.
love/enjoy/hate etc every minute (of something)
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.
very soon after something has happened
The ambulance was there within minutes.
within minutes of doing something
He had his car stolen within minutes of arriving at the office.
a very short period of time
Sam thought for a minute, then smiled at his brother.
Can I have a word? It will only take a minute.
in a minute
Wait here. I'll be back in a minute.
Mr Gregson will be with you in a minute.
wait a minute/just a minute/hold on a minute/hang on a minute
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.
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.
(at) any minute (now)
used to say that something will or may happen extremely soon
We're expecting them any minute now.
have you got a minute?
do you have a minute?
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.
the minute (that) somebody does something
as soon as someone does something
Tell him I need to see him the minute he arrives.
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.
Johnny! Get inside, this minute!
You don't have to tell me
right this minute
the next minute
I put down the phone and the next minute it rang again.
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.
an official written record of what is said and decided at a meeting
write them down
Has everyone seen the minutes of last month's meeting?
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.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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