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"minute" in British English

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minutenoun

uk   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 ​busride It ​takes me 20 minutes to get to ​work. The ​trainleaves at three minutes to eight, so we'd ​better get there a few minutes before then.A2 [C] used in ​spokenEnglish to ​mean a very ​shorttime: 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 ​readysoon). 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 ​approvedunanimously (= everyone ​agreed that they were ​correct). [C] mainly UK formal an ​officialmessage 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   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-timelow.

minuteadjective

uk   /maɪˈnjuːt/  us   /-ˈnuːt/
C2 extremelysmall: a minute ​amount/​quantity I've never ​seen a man with such ​tinyhands - they're minute! The ​documentaryshowed an ​eyeoperation in minutedetail (= ​showing every ​smalldetail).
(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 ​shorttime: Just a minute – I’m ​almostready. When you’ve got a minute, I’d like to ​talk to you.

minuteadjective

 us   /mɑɪˈnut, mə-/

minute adjective (SMALL)

extremelysmall: 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   us   /ˈmɪnɪt/
the minutes [plural] MEETINGS the written ​record of what was said and decided at a ​meeting: The ​companypublishes the minutes of all its ​meetingsonline. 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 ​boardmeetings and take the minutes.
[C] mainly UK formal an ​officialmessage 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 minuteapproving the ​sale.

minuteverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈmɪnɪt/ 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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