Time - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |taɪm|  American pronunciation of the word time
Brit.  |taɪm|  British pronunciation of the word time


- an instance or single occasion for some event (syn: clip)
this time he succeeded
he called four times
- a period of time considered as a resource under your control and sufficient to accomplish something
take time to smell the roses
I didn't have time to finish
it took more than half my time
he waited for a long time
- an indefinite period (usually marked by specific attributes or activities)
the time of year for planting
he was a great actor in his time
- a suitable moment
it is time to go
- the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past
he waited for along time
it took some time before he got an answer
time flies like an arrow
- a person's experience on a particular occasion
he had a time holding back the tears
they had a good time together
- a reading of a point in time as given by a clock
Do you know what time it is?
the time is 10 o'clock
- the fourth coordinate that is required (along with three spatial dimensions) to specify a physical event
- rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration (syn: meter, metre)
- the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned (syn: sentence)
he is doing time in the county jail


- measure the time or duration of an event or action or the person who performs an action in a certain period of time (syn: clock)
- assign a time for an activity or event
The candidate carefully timed his appearance at the disaster scene
- set the speed, duration, or execution of
we time the process to manufacture our cars very precisely
- regulate or set the time of
time the clock
- adjust so that a force is applied and an action occurs at the desired time
The good player times his swing so as to hit the ball squarely

Extra examples

The two events were separated by time and space.

The poem is a reflection on the passage of time.

What was happening at that particular moment in time?

It has been that way since the beginning of time.

If only I could travel back in time and do things differently.

They were given a relatively short amount of time to finish the job.

The situation has been getting more complicated as time goes by .

Happening for an extended period of time

Would you prefer the meeting to be at an earlier time?

Feel free to call me at any time, day or night.

They timed their vacation to coincide with the jazz festival.

He timed it so that he made the shot just before the clock ran out.

She timed the shot perfectly.

The runners are timed with special watches.

He timed the students as they completed their tests.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: time
he/she/it: times
present participle: timing
past tense: timed
past participle: timed
singular: time
plural: times
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