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mince

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verb \ˈmin(t)s\

Definition of mince

minced

;

mincing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to cut or chop into very small pieces <She minced the garlic.>b :  to subdivide minutely; especially :  to damage by cutting up <The director minced up the play.>

  3. 2 :  to utter or pronounce with affectation <minced the word in the manner of the old lady>

  4. 3a archaic :  minimizeb :  to restrain (words) within the bounds of decorum <minced no words in stating his dislike — J. T. Farrell>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to walk with short steps in a prim affected manner <The comedian minced across the stage.>

mincer

noun

Examples of mince in a sentence

  1. The recipe says that you should mince the onions.

  2. <minced some garlic and added it to the stew>

Origin and Etymology of mince

Middle English, from Anglo-French mincer, from Vulgar Latin *minutiare, from Latin minutia smallness — more at minutia


First Known Use: 14th century


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mince

noun

Definition of mince

  1. 1 :  small chopped bits (as of food); specifically :  mincemeat

  2. 2 British :  hamburger 1a

Origin and Etymology of mince

see 1mince


First Known Use: 1600



MINCE Defined for English Language Learners

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mince

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verb \ˈmin(t)s\

Definition of mince for English Language Learners

  • : to cut (food) into very small pieces

  • : to walk with quick, short steps in a way that does not seem natural and that is often meant to be funny


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mince

noun

Definition of mince for English Language Learners

  • ; also : ground meat of a specified kind


MINCE Defined for Kids

mince

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verb \ˈmins\

Definition of mince for Students

minced

mincing

  1. 1 :  to cut or chop into very small pieces <minced onion>

  2. 2 :  to act or speak in an unnaturally dainty way <Little Jehu came mincing in, a glitter of bright colors. — Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain>

  3. 3 :  to phrase comments in such a way as to not cause offense <I'll not mince words with you; you know you lied.>



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