1 one sixtieth of an hour
VERB + MINUTE last, take
MINUTE + VERB pass, tick by The minutes ticked by and still nothing happened.
MINUTE + NOUN hand the minute hand on the clock
PREP. after … ~s After twenty minutes I started to get worried. | for … ~s We waited for ten minutes and then left. | in … ~s The film starts in ten minutes. | ~s past four minutes past two | ~s to ten minutes to three > Note at MEASURE
ADJ. last Don't leave everything till the last minute.
VERB + MINUTE hang on, hold on, wait Could you wait a minute, please? | have, spare Do you have a minute, Miss Brown? Can you spare a minute? | take This will only take a minute.
PREP. in a ~ I'll be with you in a minute. | within ~s The ship sank within minutes.
PHRASES just a minute, the minute sth happens Tell him I want to see him the minute he arrives. | not for a minute I never thought for a minute he'd refuse. | this minute Come here this minute!
3 minutes: written record of what is said at a meeting
VERB + MINUTE keep, take Who's going to take the minutes? | circulate | read | agree, approve, sign | write up I wrote up the minutes of the meeting and circulated them by email.
PHRASES the minutes of a meeting > Special page at MEETING