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"minute" in British English

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minutenoun

uk   /ˈmɪn.ɪt/ us   /ˈmɪn.ɪt/
  • 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 just have to 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.

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  • minute noun (MESSAGE)

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).
[C] mainly UK formal an official message from one person to another in an organization: I've just received a minute from Clark authorizing the purchase of six more computers.
  • minute noun (ANGLE)

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

minuteverb [T]

uk   /ˈmɪn.ɪt/ us   /ˈmɪn.ɪt/
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.

minuteadjective

uk   /maɪˈnjuːt/ us   /maɪˈnuːt/
(Definition of minute from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"minute" in American English

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minutenoun [C]

us   /ˈmɪn·ət/ abbreviation min.
  • minute noun [C] (TIME)

any of the 60 parts that an hour is divided into; 60 seconds: It takes me 20 minutes to get to work.
a minute
A minute is also a very short time: Just a minute – I’m almost ready. When you’ve got a minute, I’d like to talk to you.

minuteadjective

us   /mɑɪˈnut, mə-/
  • minute adjective (SMALL)

extremely small: minute amounts/quantities She examined the contract in minute detail (= looking at all the details of it).
(Definition of minute from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"minute" in Business English

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minutenoun

uk   /ˈmɪnɪt/ us  
the minutes [plural]
MEETINGS the written record of what was said and decided at a meeting: The company publishes the minutes of all its meetings online. agree/approve the minutes
take the minutes
to write down what is said at a meeting and by whom: It is part of her job to set the agenda for board meetings and take the minutes.
[C] mainly UK formal an official message or written statement that records a decision and often gives permission for an action to be taken: We've received a minute authorizing the purchase of six more computers. There did not appear to be any proper board minute approving the sale.

minuteverb [T]

uk   /ˈmɪnɪt/ us   MEETINGS
to make a written record of what was said at a meeting: The secretary hadn't bothered to minute half the meetings on the subject.be fully/carefully/properly minuted Talks with lobbyists were fully minuted.
(Definition of minute from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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