mince

To mince is to chop into tiny bits. Your favorite soup recipe might include directions to mince four cloves of garlic.

When you dice an onion into very small pieces, you mince it, and when you grind meat very fine to make sausage or mincemeat, you also mince. Another meaning of the verb is to soften, or to express something in a gentle way: "She does mince her words when she talks to shy kindergarteners." The Old French root, mincier, means "make into small pieces," and it comes from the Latin word for "small," minutus.

Primary Meanings of mince

1.
vn
cut into small pieces
food chopped into small bits
2.
v
make less severe or harsh
3.
v
walk daintily
Full Definitions of mince
1

v cut into small pieces

mince the garlic”
Type of:
chop, chop up
cut into pieces

n food chopped into small bits

“a mince of mushrooms”
Type of:
aliment, alimentation, nourishment, nutriment, nutrition, sustenance, victuals
a source of materials to nourish the body
2

v make less severe or harsh

Synonyms:
moderate, soften
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
3

v walk daintily

“She minced down the street”
Type of:
walk
use one's feet to advance; advance by steps

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