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minute

noun uk   /ˈmɪn.ɪt/ us  

minute noun (TIME)

A1 [C] (written abbreviation min.) one of the 60 parts that an hour is divided into, consisting of 60 seconds: a 20-minute bus ride It takes me 20 minutes to get to work. The train leaves at three minutes to eight, so we'd better get there a few minutes before then. A2 [C] used in spoken English to mean a very short time: Hang on/Wait a minute - I'll just get my bag. Just a minute - I'll be with you when I've finished this. I won't be a minute (= I will be ready soon). When you've got a minute, I'd like a brief word with you.

minute noun (MESSAGE)

[C] mainly UK formal an official message from one person to another in an organization: I've just received a minute from Jeremy authorizing the purchase of six more computers. the minutes [plural] the written record of what was said at a meeting: Could you take/do (= write) the minutes, Daniel? The minutes of the last meeting were approved unanimously (= everyone agreed that they were correct).

minute noun (ANGLE)

[C] specialized mathematics any of the 60 parts that the degrees of any angle are divided into

minute

verb [T] uk   /ˈmɪn.ɪt/ us  
to make a written record of what is said at a meeting: The chairman is minuted as having said that profits had fallen to an all-time low.
(Definition of minute noun, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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