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minute

  1. NOUN AND VERB USES

    minutes, minuting, minuted

    (Pronounced [mɪ̱nɪt] in minute 1, and [maɪnju͟ːt, AM -nu͟ːt-] in minute 2.)

    1. N-COUNT: oft num N A minute is one of the sixty parts that an hour is divided into. People often say `a minute' or `minutes' when they mean a short length of time.

    2. N-PLURAL: oft N of n The minutes of a meeting are the written records of the things that are discussed or decided at it.

    3. VERB When someone minutes something that is discussed or decided at a meeting, they make a written record of it.

    4. See also up-to-the-minute

    5. CONVENTION People often use expressions such as wait a minute or just a minute when they want to stop you doing or saying something.

    6. PHRASE (emphasis) If you say that something will or may happen at any minute or any minute now, you are emphasizing that it is likely to happen very soon.

    7. PHRASE: with brd-neg, PHR with v (emphasis) If you say that you do not believe for a minute or for one minute that something is true, you are emphasizing that you do not believe that it is true.

    8. PHRASE: PHR n, prep PHR A last-minute action is one that is done at the latest time possible.

    9. PHRASE (emphasis) You use the expression the next minute or expressions such as `one minute he was there , the next he was gone' to emphasize that something happens suddenly.

    10. PHRASE: PHR that (emphasis) If you say that something happens the minute something else happens, you are emphasizing that it happens immediately after the other thing.

    11. PHRASE (emphasis) If you say that something must be done this minute, you are emphasizing that it must be done immediately.

  2. ADJECTIVE USE

    minutest

    ADJ-GRADED

    (Pronounced [mɪ̱nɪt] in minute 1, and [maɪnju͟ːt, AM -nu͟ːt-] in minute 2.)

    If you say that something is minute, you mean that it is very small.

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Pronounced in minute 1, and in minute 2.

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Word forms

minute

verb
Basic forms
Pastminuted
Imperativeminute
Present Participle (Participle I)minuting
Past Participle (Participle II)minuted
Present Indefinite, Active Voice
I minutewe minute
you minuteyou minute
he/she/it minutesthey minute
Present Continuous, Active Voice
I am minutingwe are minuting
you are minutingyou are minuting
he/she/it is minutingthey are minuting
Present Perfect, Active Voice
I have minutedwe have minuted
you have minutedyou have minuted
he/she/it has minutedthey have minuted
Present Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I have been minutingwe have been minuting
you have been minutingyou have been minuting
he/she/it has been minutingthey have been minuting
Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I minutedwe minuted
you minutedyou minuted
he/she/it minutedthey minuted
Past Continuous, Active Voice
I was minutingwe were minuting
you were minutingyou were minuting
he/she/it was minutingthey were minuting
Past Perfect, Active Voice
I had minutedwe had minuted
you had minutedyou had minuted
he/she/it had minutedthey had minuted
Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I had been minutingwe had been minuting
you had been minutingyou had been minuting
he/she/it had been minutingthey had been minuting
Future Indefinite, Active Voice
I shall/will minutewe shall/will minute
you will minuteyou will minute
he/she/it will minutethey will minute
Future Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will be minutingwe shall/will be minuting
you will be minutingyou will be minuting
he/she/it will be minutingthey will be minuting
Future Perfect, Active Voice
I shall/will have minutedwe shall/will have minuted
you will have minutedyou will have minuted
he/she/it will have minutedthey will have minuted
Future Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will have been minutingwe shall/will have been minuting
you will have been minutingyou will have been minuting
he/she/it will have been minutingthey will have been minuting
Future in the Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I should/would minutewe should/would minute
you would minuteyou would minute
he/she/it would minutethey would minute
Future in the Past Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would be minutingwe should/would be minuting
you would be minutingyou would be minuting
he/she/it would be minutingthey would be minuting
Future in the Past Perfect, Active Voice
I should/would have minutedwe should/would have minuted
you would have minutedyou would have minuted
he/she/it would have minutedthey would have minuted
Future in the Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would have been minutingwe should/would have been minuting
you would have been minutingyou would have been minuting
he/she/it would have been minutingthey would have been minuting
Present Indefinite, Passive Voice
I am minutedwe are minuted
you are minutedyou are minuted
he/she/it is minutedthey are minuted
Present Continuous, Passive Voice
I am being minutedwe are being minuted
you are being minutedyou are being minuted
he/she/it is being minutedthey are being minuted
Present Perfect, Passive Voice
I have been minutedwe have been minuted
you have been minutedyou have been minuted
he/she/it has been minutedthey have been minuted
Past Indefinite, Passive Voice
I was minutedwe were minuted
you were minutedyou were minuted
he/she/it was minutedthey were minuted
Past Continuous, Passive Voice
I was being minutedwe were being minuted
you were being minutedyou were being minuted
he/she/it was being minutedthey were being minuted
Past Perfect, Passive Voice
I had been minutedwe had been minuted
you had been minutedyou had been minuted
he/she/it had been minutedthey had been minuted
Future Indefinite, Passive Voice
I shall/will be minutedwe shall/will be minuted
you will be minutedyou will be minuted
he/she/it will be minutedthey will be minuted
Future Perfect, Passive Voice
I shall/will have been minutedwe shall/will have been minuted
you will have been minutedyou will have been minuted
he/she/it will have been minutedthey will have been minuted

minute

noun
SingularPlural
Common caseminuteminutes
Possessive caseminute'sminutes'

minute

adjective
Positive degreeminute
Comparative degreeminuter
Superlative degreeminutest