Main definitions of minute in English

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noun

  • 1A period of time equal to sixty seconds or a sixtieth of an hour.

    ‘we waited for twenty minutes’
    ‘I'll be there in ten minutes' time’
    • ‘Use different units: months, weeks and days, even hours, minutes and seconds.’
    • ‘In the sixth minute of the second period Christopher Kelly levelled matters when he scored from a free-kick.’
    • ‘Gavin Chapman came in with an overall time of four hours, twenty five minutes and nine seconds.’
    • ‘At 11.40, an hour and twenty minutes later, normal service resumed on all three sites.’
    • ‘With just 11 minutes of the second period gone, though, a moment of magic turned the course of the match.’
    • ‘It took me ten minutes short of two hours to get from Clifford Street to Askham Lane.’
    • ‘Why should people who have got incurable diseases or who are in pain every hour, every minute, every second of the day go on needlessly suffering?’
    • ‘Just four minutes into the second period, Tramore probably took a deserving lead.’
    • ‘Brendan McGrath was the goal scorer for the winners nine minutes into the second period.’
    • ‘An hour and twenty minutes after setting off for a forty minute drive I arrived.’
    • ‘Every business activity is timed in terms of hours, minutes, days, months, and years.’
    • ‘Neil Davis grabbed the only goal of the game six minutes into the second period.’
    • ‘McGoldrick's goal was a powerful finish in the 17th minute of the second period.’
    • ‘Their only goal chance came in the 14th minute of the second period.’
    • ‘Keighley had to play the first ten minutes of the second period with only 14 men.’
    • ‘Irvine finally pulled ahead seven minutes into the second period, taking a lead they were not to relinquish.’
    • ‘The same player added his second and Black Swans fourth to complete the scoring five minutes into the second period.’
    • ‘McIntyre lifted his players during the half-time break but a glazing miss in the first minute of the second period could have proved costly.’
    • ‘Murray notched his second score ten minutes into the second period, and thereafter any chance of a shock result had gone.’
    • ‘He re-appeared much later, in the ninth minute of the second period, but his impact was never the same.’
    1. 1.1 The distance covered in a minute by someone driving or walking.
      ‘the hotel is situated just ten minutes from the centre of the resort’
      • ‘I did a wee search online, and came up with the yoga place in E2, just 5 minutes from work.’
      • ‘It was about five minutes from the venue, so they would be able to make it back in time for the show.’
      • ‘Anne says her own partner's ashes were scattered in her village graveyard, just five minutes from where she lives.’
      • ‘I just book the car out, walk to the parking bay - two minutes from my front door - and go.’
      • ‘I used an agency in Varna to buy a lovely villa five minutes from Sunny Beach.’
      • ‘No young child should have to attend a primary school 45 minutes walking distance away.’
      • ‘The village is 20 minutes from Chamonix and the cable-car to the top of the Aiguille du Midi mountain.’
      • ‘If you're prepared to walk a few minutes from the harbour, car parking is free.’
      • ‘I took a new sleeping pill as the plane took off, and when I opened my eyes, we were 40 minutes from landing.’
      • ‘Just 20 minutes from the airport, we are perched on top of a cone-shaped hill overlooking Kranj.’
      • ‘Sunday we went to the seaside, as we are only 20 minutes from the coast.’
      • ‘Most hotels have a decent gym, or you can find a decent gym five minutes from the hotel in the big cities.’
      • ‘This house is within walking distance of the city centre, a few minutes from Herbert Park.’
      • ‘That thought had only occurred to Cain when they were a few minutes from Wenshi Town.’
      • ‘Simon was reared on sporting diet of Eire Og, his home only minutes from Pairc Ui Bhriain.’
      • ‘The supermarket will be five minutes from my work and one minute from my home.’
      • ‘Hornby writes from a small flat two minutes from his beloved Highbury.’
      • ‘The gas meter on the Jeep told him he had less than an eighth of a tank left but he was only about five minutes from home.’
      • ‘A room at the hotel, which is minutes from the airport and city centre, costs around 55 dollars per night.’
      • ‘In total, it was 26 minutes from Hythe to the Guildhall - ferry good, ferry good indeed.’
    2. 1.2informal A very short time.
      ‘come and sit down for a minute’
      • ‘And if we - excuse me for a minute - and if we find a training camp, we'll take care of it.’
      • ‘And that's when the other person got some hand puppets and asked Britney to sit down for a minute.’
      • ‘For those who still aren't convinced, stop for a minute, look around and take the time to absorb all that this great campus has to offer.’
      • ‘He was puzzled for a minute before he exploded into hard sobs.’
      • ‘Listen, you hang round here for a minute while I switch everything off, and then I won't have to come upstairs again.’
      • ‘He just wants to be by her bedside, just for a minute.’
      • ‘As soon as the captain heard this, he excused himself for a minute, went down into his cabin, and brought back a large Manila envelope.’
      • ‘Let's talk about that for a minute, about the oil, and what kind of problem that this is posing with regard to this cleanup.’
      • ‘I just saw it… I just gave it to someone to hold for a minute while I took a picture and it's gone.’
      • ‘When I point this out to her, McCartney thinks for a minute.’
      • ‘Perhaps you ought to think about that for a minute as well.’
      • ‘Think about the bit in the brackets for a minute.’
      • ‘Well, let's get to Mohamed Atta for a minute because you mentioned him as well.’
      • ‘For a minute there I thought I was visiting my dad (who's lived there since 1980).’
      • ‘I puzzled for a minute, then gave a totally unconvincing answer.’
      • ‘Luckliy he was and she asked him to pop over for a minute.’
      • ‘The network thought about it for a minute, which is never a good sign.’
      • ‘Let's step back for a minute, away from the heat, and look at the light.’
      • ‘Let's listen to what she had to say and talk about this for a minute.’
      • ‘And then, once they'd turned their backs for a minute to do something else, we could see my pizza catch fire and eventually blacken to a cinder.’
      moment, short time, little while, second, bit, instant
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    3. 1.3 A point in time.
      ‘she was laughing one minute and crying the next’
      • ‘One minute you're angry and the next minute you're happy.’
      • ‘It is amazing that your life can turn in an instant, one minute enjoying a social event, the next lying face down in the gutter, or in a cell somewhere.’
      point in time, point, moment, instant, time, juncture, stage
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  • 2A sixtieth of a degree of angular measurement (symbol: ʹ)

    ‘Delta Lyrae is a double star with a separation of over 10 minutes of arc’
    • ‘He had just invented a new instrument: a prototype sextant with arms nearly six feet in length and a scale graduated to single minutes of arc.’
    • ‘To have any chance of affecting a pilot's vision, a would-be terrorist would have to be capable of keeping the beam pointed to an accuracy of 3 minutes of arc, one-tenth the diameter of a Full Moon.’
    • ‘But Kepler found a discrepancy of eight minutes of arc between the observed and predicted positions of the planet.’
    • ‘Under ideal, bright conditions, the resolution of the human eye is about one minute of arc; performance falls off as scene brightness decreases.’
    • ‘The table was based on a circle divided into 360 degrees with each degree divided into 60 minutes.’

Phrases

  • any minute (or at any minute)

    • Very soon.

      ‘a fight seemed likely to break out at any minute’
      • ‘I could feel the strain of her effort to be gentle, like I was going to break into pieces any minute.’
      • ‘It's not just physical sense of oppression, the weight of crouching and cramping and digging in a narrow cave that could collapse at any minute, though that's there.’
      • ‘The doorbell will ring any minute, and soon the sockeye and I will be fork-tender.’
      • ‘Alex's voice held a strained edge, sounding as if it would break any minute.’
      • ‘There he was, hanging by one arm to a rock that looked ready to break off at any minute.’
      • ‘Lisa is such a draw that she threatens to capsize the entire film at any minute, making the premise too simple: only crazy people are sane, while you normal folks are just boring.’
      • ‘As I worked my way off the streets, one fear always lurked in my mind: my whole world could crumble at any minute, and I could lose everything.’
      • ‘I can't help thinking that the doorbell will ring at any minute, and upon opening the front door I will be greeted by a small group of unseasonably-clothed carol singers.’
      • ‘Yes, the table is set as though the guests are going to arrive at any minute, so you can imagine the different guests that Sand brought here.’
      • ‘He started moving the books from the old, cheap shelves, which were threatening to break again at any minute.’
      very soon, in a moment, in a second, in a trice, in a flash, shortly, any minute, any minute now, in a short time, in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, in no time, in less than no time, in no time at all, before you know it, before long
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  • at the minute

    • informal At the present time.

      ‘I've got things on my mind at the minute’
      • ‘The site isn't up to much at the minute - mind, nor is BT's ADSL service - so the two are in good company.’
      • ‘James added: ‘We are discussing middle names at the minute and Jacqui and Jeanette have cropped up.’’
      • ‘Low borrowing rates and the absence of currency risks favours Europe at the minute.’
      • ‘It's unbelievable, I'm lost for words at the minute.’
      at present, at the moment, at the present moment, at the present time, now, currently, this minute, presently
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  • by the minute

    • Very rapidly.

      ‘matters grew worse by the minute’
      • ‘The snooping was forgotten as she started to skip around the room and grow more excited by the minute.’
      • ‘The consistency with which Celtic confound expectation grows more remarkable by the minute.’
      • ‘The tempo of the game dropped as a result and Shelbourne grew more comfortable by the minute.’
      • ‘Better, but I still had dark circles under my eyes, and my hair was looking worse by the minute.’
      • ‘The feeling grew stronger by the minute yet, each time, when he looked back, the road was deserted.’
      • ‘Both girls laughed over this, but Margaret's face seemed to grow paler by the minute.’
      • ‘Evening was closing in, the air grew crisper by the minute, and the wind quieted to a whisper.’
      • ‘There were bright lights around the entrance and the queue was growing longer by the minute.’
      • ‘Already, the group of men that had surrounded them was growing smaller and smaller by the minute.’
      • ‘The chances of getting back will grow dimmer by the minute.’
  • just (or wait) a minute

    • 1Used as a request to delay an action or decision for a short time.

      ‘wait a minute—I have to put my make-up on’
      • ‘He stripped from his waist up, put on a black face, did about 20 minutes of the show and then said, wait a minute.’
      • ‘Wait a minute - I have to go back and make sure that's what I actually saw.’
      be patient, wait a moment, wait a second, just a minute, just a moment, just a second, hold on
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    • 2Used as a prelude to a query or objection.

      ‘wait a minute—that just isn't true’
      • ‘Then you say, ‘wait a minute, wait a minute,’ and spend about 2 minutes playing devil's advocate.’
      • ‘I think when young people start to realize what Dumont is proposing, then they'll take a huge step back and go, ‘Whoa, wait a minute!’’
      • ‘The less money you make - wait a minute, wait a minute - the less money you make, the less taxes you pay.’
      • ‘I think people step back and say wait a minute - who is running this thing and who is making the decisions?’
      • ‘But wait a minute, I hear you say; those tax cuts expire in 2010.’
      • ‘And I thought about it for a minute and said, wait a minute, there's a lot to be thankful for.’
      • ‘You can see how there are some Americans who might look at this and say, wait a minute, it's branding the United States as the bad guy, when in fact the U.S. is trying to keep the bad people out.’
      • ‘That was six months now and it's time to step back and say now wait a minute, what do these decisions mean?’
      • ‘Hey, wait a minute - how about the United Nations?’
      • ‘Wait a minute, wait a minute, doesn't BET also air a show called Comic View where on any given day any comedian could have two or three Michael Jackson jokes?’
  • the minute (or the minute that)

    • As soon as.

      ‘let me know the minute he returns’
      • ‘But, the minute Doc put pen to paper, it became politicised in the way that he frames and describes it.’
      • ‘But the minute the Americans pressed forward, they were fired at from another angle.’
      • ‘There is usually plenty of heat the minute you walk outside the door of a tapas bar, provided you are in Spain and not Scotland.’
      • ‘The clear message is: make sure the minute you experience these feelings, you call the helpline.’
      • ‘I regretted it all from the minute I saw it in the mirror until the minute it had fully grown back.’
      • ‘However the minute I was inside the shop I felt very self conscious and wrong.’
      • ‘She was so scared of her family's reaction that she hid the pregnancy from it until the minute she went into labour.’
      • ‘Now, as anyone who knows me will attest, the minute you make me an Official, I take my duties very seriously.’
      • ‘The original scared me to death the minute I heard the title spoken aloud.’
      • ‘Most sows are sent to the slaughter house the minute they can't reproduce babies.’
      at present, at the moment, at the present moment, at the present time, now, currently, this minute, presently
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  • not for a minute

    • Not at all.

      ‘he didn't fool me for a minute’
      • ‘I am not for a minute suggesting that young heirs follow a rigid, boot camp regime, but it would be helpful if times like Gap Years were made up of several partitions.’
      • ‘The lines still flow, the timing is there too, and not for a minute does anybody feel like we have been away for so long.’
      • ‘I'm not for a minute proposing that you shouldn't be there on opening day, I'm simply suggesting that fishing will improve as we approach the middle of July.’
      • ‘And that would not surprise me in the least, not for a minute.’
      • ‘That's not for a minute to assert that those without savings are in any way lesser parents, or that families that scrimp and save do not provide warm and loving homes.’
      • ‘‘I'm not for a minute suggesting that everything is right, but I find it difficult to see the general accusations that the Scottish Executive is ignoring the rural community,’ he told the Sunday Herald.’
      • ‘I'm not for a minute suggesting that ‘head in the sand’ is the best alternative, however.’
      • ‘Your Honour, I was not for a minute suggesting that my client was more benevolent, only that others are in like position.’
      • ‘I've certainly never resented all the training, not for a minute.’
      • ‘In hindsight, I would not for a minute go back and say, ‘Gee, we should have gone slower so we could have had more forces built up behind us to control areas that we went past.’’
  • this minute (or this very minute)

    • 1informal At once; immediately.

      ‘pull yourself together this minute’
      • ‘Please address any complaints to the management, and get that damned squirrel out of here right this minute before it chews the sugar and dandelion centrepiece I've been working on since Tuesday!’
      • ‘Erin, get back here this minute!’
      • ‘You had better straighten up right this minute or you'll go to bed without dinner.’
      • ‘As Sara Cox said this morning: ‘JJ72, stop making all that pop music racket upstairs in your bedroom and come down here this minute… your tea's getting cold!’’
      • ‘I'm telling you folks - if that's what running up and down ladders does for your game I'm into Mackey's this minute to order one!’
      • ‘More photos here and please go here and buy their new EP right this minute.’
      • ‘I'm coming up to check this minute - switch that computer off immediately!’
      • ‘You come back here right this minute with that ring or I'll give you such a beating!’
      • ‘A powerful, bellowing voice says, ‘Get out of the house, this minute.’’
      • ‘I have the Mel Blanc ‘Happy Birthday’ records, though not where I can get to them right this minute.’
      at once, immediately, directly, this moment, this second, instantly, straight away, right away, right now, without further ado, without more ado, forthwith
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    • 2informal Only a short while ago.

      ‘I've just this minute got back home’
      • ‘Okay, I just this minute finished watching the single most dishonest report I have ever seen on an official network evening news program.’
      • ‘I'm just reaching the end of the working day and, believe it or not, I've only just this minute remembered that I have a weblog.’
      • ‘He's also, just this minute, taken delivery of a pair of binoculars with built in digital camera so will no doubt be playing with them for the next wee while.’
      • ‘Ah, but don't worry, I've just this minute received an email from the landlord in Ireland who has authorised me to send round an electrician.’
      • ‘I've just this minute had a surprise telephone interview to be on a TV quiz show on Monday.’
      • ‘And the irony is that I've just this minute been given a free membership to the local Holmes gym from my work.’
      • ‘I only went up to January of 2005, because even if you just this minute found me, you should at least have read back a few weeks.’
      • ‘I have just this minute signed the contract and it is now on the way to the solicitors.’
      • ‘And I just this minute got a phone call from my sister informing me she's pregnant again.’
      • ‘I just this minute blagged my way into an informal meeting tomorrow with the MD of a company I'd love to work for; it's in the business services sector.’

Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin minuta, feminine (used as a noun) of minutus ‘made small’. The senses ‘period of sixty seconds’ and ‘sixtieth of a degree’ derive from medieval Latin pars minuta prima ‘first minute part’.

Pronunciation

minute

/ˈmɪnɪt/

Main definitions of minute in English

: minute1minute2minute3

minute2

adjective

  • 1Extremely small.

    ‘minute particles’
    • ‘The human eye can detect only a minute fraction of 1 per cent of all electromagnetic energy - the visible spectrum.’
    • ‘At any instant, we seem to be fully aware of only a minute fraction of the things that we could be aware of.’
    • ‘A newborn baby has a tiny heart and minute organs, and there is no margin for error or carelessness.’
    • ‘I sighed and made my decision; I slipped her my piece of paper with Tina's tiny minute writing.’
    • ‘Resuscitation may have dislodged it and allowed minute food particles to pass into the lower respiratory tract.’
    • ‘Forensic scientist Karol Higgins usually uses a microscope when looking for minute clues to help solve crimes.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the presence of minute ore particles had a real impact on our attempt to photograph the ships.’
    • ‘It was crafted in the shape of a spider, so that its minute legs would curl around her index finger, with tiny ruby eyes.’
    • ‘Steer tiny narrow boats around the canal and drive minute cars through the streets.’
    • ‘The medical evidence was that pneumoconiosis is caused by a gradual accumulation in the lungs of minute particles of silica inhaled over a period of years.’
    • ‘And there are too many books for more than a minute fraction to be reviewed or even briefly noticed in the metropolitan media.’
    • ‘At the very least, any melt must represent a minute fraction of the mantle from which it formed.’
    • ‘Saudi Arabia has more Red Sea coastline than any other nation, yet only a minute fraction is accessible to divers.’
    • ‘Nothing whatsoever, not even the most minute particle, exists independently or permanently on its own.’
    • ‘The instant may perhaps be a minute fraction of a second and so it is difficult to give a blow or a grasp just that instant.’
    • ‘She bent her head towards the tiny thing and a minute sapphire winked at her from its head.’
    • ‘The springs' colors changed, too, as minute particles of broken rock muddied the waters.’
    • ‘Thus, the scattering force results only in a minute displacement of the microsphere out of the focal plane.’
    • ‘The lacquer contains minute ceramic particles which harden in the paintshop oven and form a barrier that's difficult to mar in any way.’
    • ‘The eye receives an impression, though it does not dispose of it, in a very minute fraction of a second.’
    tiny, minuscule, microscopic, nanoscopic, very small, little, micro, diminutive, miniature, baby, toy, midget, dwarf, pygmy, lilliputian
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    1. 1.1 So small as to be insignificant.
      ‘he will have no more than a minute chance of exercising influence’
      • ‘Storage of even minute phonetic detail is suggested by another consideration.’
      • ‘Manchester United matched the form of Chelsea for the majority of that period, keeping them in with a minute chance of overtaking them in the title race.’
      • ‘Administrative officials should learn to delegate jobs to avoid being trapped into minute management details.’
      • ‘Sears' Gettysburg strikes a fair balance between the big picture and minute details.’
      • ‘We're both ardent American fans of yours who enjoy obsessing over minute and insignificant details.’
      • ‘For everything, every last structure, every minute detail, every smiling face, was false.’
      • ‘Every minute detail of constructing a scaffold is intrinsically important.’
      • ‘I know far too many bits of minute trivia having to do with the Star Trek series and films.’
      • ‘Large hands belong to people who are fond of fine work and like minute details.’
      • ‘Termed aptly as ‘Souls of Inferno’, the dance drama took every minute detail into account.’
      • ‘I can't imagine what it would be like to have every minute detail of my life become grist for public criticism and scrutiny.’
      • ‘Due to time constraints, I am unable to reproduce every minute detail of my cobbler making.’
      • ‘A minute detail like this could have meant something else was in play.’
      • ‘The book had potential, but it was lost in a myriad of minute details.’
      • ‘I told Aziza every minute detail, about the angry Jewish slave and the pharaoh's reaction to the stories I told.’
      • ‘Men focus first on minute detail, and operate most easily with a certain detachment.’
      • ‘It seemed cruel when there were so many minute details to remember, none of which were taught systematically.’
      • ‘Pat Lee, the penciler, has an excellent eye for minute detail, which the Transformers sport in spades.’
      • ‘In some places this process was for a time so minute and insignificant that it escaped detection.’
      • ‘Every minute detail was made available at the stalls, and the company officials were present for giving more information.’
      negligible, slight, infinitesimal, minimal, trifling, trivial, paltry, petty, insignificant, inappreciable
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    2. 1.2 (of an investigation or account) taking the smallest points into consideration; precise and meticulous.
      ‘a minute examination of the islands’
      • ‘Examining a game in minute detail has its advantages but the big picture can easily be lost when taking such a view.’
      • ‘He said all aspects of the decision were examined in minute detail.’
      • ‘His winning is no longer a story, his losing guarantees him a hard time and minute analysis of everything from his serve to his choice of coach.’
      • ‘The evidence from document analysis is discussed in minute detail on numerous blogs.’
      • ‘In 22 articles with 138 clauses, the FIA has laid down in minute detail exactly how the cars should be designed.’
      • ‘A comprehensive scan will create an electronic image of the virtual relic which can be shared and analysed in minute detail by experts around the world.’
      • ‘He phoned the police and described his jacket in minute detail.’
      • ‘The idiosyncrasies of Shakespeare's handwriting have been analysed in minute detail by palaeographers.’
      • ‘If it were, that book would already have been written, a finished work in minute detail.’
      • ‘Nolan's new house is described in minute detail, from the bathtub to the airshaft.’
      • ‘Would'nt that be something to examine in minute detail!’
      • ‘The small percipient eyes are screwed up, and wrinkled from his repeated minute scrutinies.’
      • ‘Drive it, take it to pieces, and examine in minute detail.’
      • ‘It explores, in minute detail, the making of this movie, and both individuals here are very engaging.’
      • ‘Such minute attention to textual detail is characteristic of the entire work.’
      • ‘Each rack is suspended over a lake of thick black paint and dipped with minute precision so as to coat the very top of the pencil in a millimetre of black.’
      • ‘It was the kind of minute examination of the image or soundtrack that became all the rage in film studies.’
      • ‘The pair had camped in the video room for most of the night, watching the security tapes with minute scrutiny.’
      • ‘Any evidence recovered is then scrutinised in minute detail back at the laboratory.’
      • ‘Paul and Rosie had to undertake training sessions, and the whole family had to have their background examined in minute detail.’
      exhaustive, painstaking, systematic, meticulous, rigorous, scrupulous, punctilious, detailed
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘lesser’, with reference to a tithe or tax): from Latin minutus ‘lessened’, past participle of minuere.

Pronunciation

minute

/mʌɪˈnjuːt/

Main definitions of minute in English

: minute1minute2minute3

minute3

noun

  • 1minutesA summarized record of the proceedings at a meeting.

    ‘Pat is taking the minutes’
    • ‘He posted the complete verbatim minutes of the meeting on the website of the Government.’
    • ‘It is not difficult to take the minutes of the monthly meetings or to deal with the correspondence which lands on my doormat daily.’
    • ‘While there are meetings galore, the minutes, if any, are a perfunctory affair.’
    • ‘There, elected members could read minutes of council meetings and communicate with officers.’
    • ‘Entitled Zenta Meeting, the minutes include clear references to potentially moving work to India.’
    • ‘Before 1916 no minutes of Cabinet meetings or records of decisions were kept.’
    • ‘When the meeting is over, the meeting minutes is already delivered to everyone's inbox.’
    • ‘Secretary has the normal secretarial work of convening meetings and recording minutes.’
    • ‘The secretary summed it all up in the minutes of the meeting, after the vote to dismiss him had been passed.’
    • ‘The only written record are the minutes of the meeting taken by Mr Wilson.’
    • ‘The minutes of the meeting record a two-minute silence, followed by a motion to close.’
    • ‘The minutes of the last meeting were read, followed by the treasurer's and sick visitor's reports.’
    • ‘It meets in secret and doesn't publish minutes or the voting record of its meetings.’
    • ‘An asthma attack also forced the member taking minutes to leave the meeting early.’
    • ‘The minutes of the meeting were recorded on the night and it can be seen from these that this is incorrect.’
    • ‘Ousu has yet to publish the minutes of its various meetings which led to the no confidence motion being discussed.’
    • ‘All suggestions were recorded in the meeting minutes to be considered at the next meeting.’
    • ‘No light is shed on the matter by considering the minutes of the meeting at which the report was presented.’
    • ‘I want to make clear again that the minutes of the meeting will show that no clear position was reached on this.’
    • ‘Some of these records include membership, awards, salaries and minutes of meetings.’
    record, records, proceedings, log, notes, transactions, account
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  • 2An official memorandum authorizing or recommending a course of action.

    • ‘An office minute recommending dissolution of this forum to take effect from early April 2007 is being drafted for Second Commissioner approval.’
    • ‘It is suggested that all the trustees unanimously sign the Financial Statements, or unanimously sign a Minute authorizing an individual to sign the Financial Statements on behalf of the trust.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Record (the proceedings of a meeting)

    ‘the Secretary shall minute the proceedings of each meeting’
    • ‘If this were to take place, it would be minuted in a council of ministers meeting, and it would be gazetted.’
    • ‘The children run and minute these meetings themselves.’
    • ‘I have insisted that the autonomy of the editor must be fully protected by the Trust, which was minuted at the last meeting.’
    • ‘But it is minuted at an executive meeting that Safa's exco confirmed Eddie du Plooy - not Ace Kika.’
    • ‘It would require all meetings between big business and those in administration to be minuted and available on government websites for public scrutiny.’
    • ‘There was a further discussion on this plan at a Board Meeting on 10 October 1997 at which it was minuted that Mr Deckman and Mr Saucier ‘noted that the strategy contemplated a much downsized and profitable operation’.’
    • ‘Incredibly, not a single meeting is minuted, and no recordings are made.’
    • ‘He then asked her if she was still minuting the meeting and the other people in the room became uncomfortable and she was asked to leave.’
    • ‘Be it in blue, green or red, greatness transcends all criticism, and even if in Old Trafford red, admiration of Ruud Van Nistelrooy must be minuted and passed by the committee.’
    • ‘I don't recall who asked the question, or if the meeting was properly minuted, but the response was that the traffic model showed that Staverton would be a ‘pinch-point somewhere that drivers would avoid’.’
    • ‘Ms B says that much of what was discussed at the meeting was not minuted.’
    • ‘Mr Mitchell remained unhappy that these fees had been agreed in advance of the meeting taking place, and requested that this point be minuted.’
    • ‘Contrary to good practice and corporate governance, the meeting was not minuted and the discussions had taken place without the knowledge and/or authority of the board.’
    • ‘PHJ would otherwise have chaired and minuted Site Meetings, rather than Costain, as was in fact the case.’
    • ‘Proceedings of the board are minuted and filed.’
    • ‘Jackie Evans, committee manager, declared a personal interest because she had minuted the PIC meetings.’
    • ‘It's not the sort of thing that's going to be minuted somewhere.’
    • ‘As the meeting was not minuted, I wrote a letter to you after this meeting to ensure that there would be no misunderstanding.’
    • ‘Strangely this failure to minute discussions was also mentioned in the Hinduja Report.’
    • ‘None of these meetings was actually minuted, he said.’
  • 2Send a memorandum to (someone)

    ‘look up the case and minute me about it’
    • ‘Private Secretary minuted me on 31 May to say that the Minister was sure this was the right approach.’
    • ‘Strangely enough, my executive minuted me that it was very upset about that, but it did not do a great deal about it.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the singular in the sense ‘note or memorandum’): from French minute, from the notion of a rough copy in ‘small writing’ ( Latin scriptura minuta) as distinct from the fair copy in book hand. The verb dates from the mid 16th century.

Pronunciation

minute

/ˈmɪnɪt/