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minor

adjective uk   /ˈmaɪ.nər/ us    /-nɚ/

minor adjective (UNIMPORTANT)

B2 having little importance, influence, or effect, especially when compared with other things of the same type: a minor operation It's only a minor problem. There's been an increase in minor offences, such as traffic violations and petty theft. She suffered only minor injuries. It requires a few minor adjustments. a minor poet of the 16th century
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minor adjective (MUSIC)

music belonging or relating to a musical scale that is generally thought to have a sad sound: The piece is written in a minor key. Mozart's Piano Concerto in D minor

minor

noun [C] uk   /ˈmaɪ.nər/ us    /-nɚ/ legal
someone who is too young to have the legal responsibilities of an adult: He was accused of having sex with a minor.

minor

verb uk   /ˈmaɪ.nər/ us    /-nɚ/
minor in sth US to study something as your second most important subject in college: I minored in Spanish in college.
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