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mi·​nute·​ly mī-ˈnüt-lē How to pronounce minutely (audio)
: into very small pieces
: in a minute manner or degree
a minutely detailed analysis


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min·​ute·​ly ˈmi-nət-lē How to pronounce minutely (audio)
: minute by minute

Examples of minutely in a Sentence

Adverb a minutely detailed analysis of the series of glitches that resulted in the blackout
Recent Examples on the Web
There’s a perfect replica of the Orca bobbing prettily on a C.G.I. sea, and costumes minutely matched to the film. Jesse Green, New York Times, 10 Aug. 2023 On this basis, etiquette sides with your sister in assuming that the family as a whole deserves thanks for benefits presumably bestowed by the group — without inquiring minutely into who chose the gift, who put it in the mail or who washed the dishes that evening. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Feinstein’s frailty and failings can be minutely cataloged and widely disseminated, and often are, in ways that aging lawmakers were previously spared. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2023 Firms can minutely slice and dice data on platforms like Facebook to target a select group of users. Ben Weiss, Fortune Crypto, 14 June 2023 Given the circumstances, this case has the feel of zealous prosecutors minutely examining all possibilities to find some violation of the law. Fareed Zakaria, CNN, 2 Apr. 2023 Because the stones were of minutely different sizes, each stone had to be measured and each gold prong carved exactly to accept the stone. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2023 Even so, Zauhar seems very in control of the material, ensuring that the sense of artlessness feels minutely crafted and curated. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Mar. 2023 In this compact, minutely observed novel, the fate of a house in Florida—in which the three adult children of a recently deceased woman were raised—becomes the subject of delicate debate. The New Yorker, 19 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of minutely was in 1599

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“Minutely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minutely. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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