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noun British English pronunciation: minute /ˈmɪnɪt/ 
Word Forms
  1. 1
    [countable] a period of 60 seconds. There are 60 minutes in one hour

    I'll meet you downstairs in ten minutes.

    We waited until twenty minutes to ten, then left.

    Thompson scored again in the final minutes of the game.

    1. a.
      a short period of time

      It will only take a minute.

      Carole spends every spare minute practising.

      for a minute:

      For a minute I thought she had left.

    2. b.
      the distance that you can travel in a minute

      The city centre is ten minutes away.

    3. c.
      a moment or point in time

      One minute he was there; the next he was gone.

      any minute (=very soon):

      Jack should be here any minute.

      within minutes:

      Within minutes I realized I was on the wrong train.

  2. 3


    [plural] an official written record of what is discussed or decided at a formal meeting

    Shall we hear the minutes of the last meeting?

    take the minutes (=write them):

    Carl usually takes the minutes but he's not here tonight.


This is the British English definition of minute. View American English definition of minute