|Origin:||Medieval Latin minuta, from pars minuta prima 'first small part, one sixtieth of a unit', from Latin minutus; MINUTE2|
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 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➔ last-minute
If you leave your essay until the last minute, you'll almost certainly panic.
3 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.
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 [= moment]:
Sam thought for a minute, then smiled at his brother.
Can I have a word? It will only take a minute.
Wait here. I'll be back in a minute.
Mr Gregson will be with you in 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.
used to say that something will or may happen extremely soon:
We're expecting them any minute now.
10 spoken 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.
as soon as someone does something:
Tell him I need to see him the minute he arrives.
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.
I put down the phone and the next minute it rang again.
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:
Will you take the minutes (=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. ➔ up-to-the-minute