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English definition of “minute”

minute

noun (TIME)    /ˈmɪn.ɪt/
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.Specific periods of time 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.Short in timeTemporary
(Definition of minute noun (TIME) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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