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minute

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈmɪnɪt/
60 SECONDS A1 a period of time equal to 60 seconds: It'll take you thirty minutes to get to the airport. She was ten minutes late for her interview. "Did you have a good holiday?" "Yes, thanks. I enjoyed every minute of it." a thirty-minute journeySpecific periods of time
SHORT TIME A2 a very short period of time: It'll only take a minute to call him. I'll be with you in a minute. She died within minutes of (= very soon after) the attack.Short in timeTemporary
(at) any minute very soon: Her train should be arriving any minute.In the future and soon
the last minute B2 the latest time possible: The concert was cancelled at the last minute.Late
the minute (that) as soon as: I'll tell you the minute we hear any news.Simultaneous and consecutiveOrder and sequence
Wait/Just a minute; Hold on a minute. used when asking someone to wait for a short time: Just a minute - I've left my coat in the restaurant.WaitingStaying and remainingExpressions telling people to stop doing something used when you disagree with something that someone has said or done: Hold on a minute, Pete! I never said you could borrow my car.Arguing and disagreeing
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