verb (used with object), verb (used without object) Archaic.
to diminish or lessen.

1300–50; late Middle English, variant (assimilated to -ish2) of menuse < Middle French menu(i)sier < Vulgar Latin *minūtiāre to lessen. See minute2, mince Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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