1 [mass noun] the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole:travel through space and timeone of the greatest wits of all time
the continued progress of existence as affecting people and things:things were getting better as time passed
time or an amount of time as reckoned by a conventional standard:it’s eight o’clock New York Time
(Time or Father Time) the personification of time, typically as an old man with a scythe and hourglass.
2a point of time as measured in hours and minutes past midnight or noon:the time is 9.30
a moment or definite portion of time allotted, used, or suitable for a purpose:the scheduled departure timeshall we fix a time for the meeting?
(often time for/to do something) the favourable or appropriate time to do something:it was time to goit’s time for bed
(a time) an indefinite period:travelling always distorts one’s feelings for a time
(also times) a portion of time in history or characterized by particular events or circumstances:Victorian timesat the time of Galileothe park is beautiful at this time of year
(also times) the conditions of life during a particular period:times have changed
(the Times) used in names of newspapers:the Oxford Times
(one's time) one’s lifetime:I’ve known a lot of women in my time
(one's time) the successful, fortunate, or influential part of a person’s life or career:in my time that was unheard of
(one's time) the appropriate or expected time for something, in particular childbirth or death:he seemed old before his time
an apprenticeship:engineering officers traditionally served their time as fitters in the yards
dated a period of menstruation or pregnancy.
[mass noun] the normal rate of pay for time spent working:if called out at the weekend they are paid time and a half
the length of time taken to run a race or complete an event or journey:his time for the mile was 3:49.31
British the moment at which the opening hours of a pub end:the landlord called time
short for full time:.he scored the third five minutes from time
Baseball & American Football a moment at which play stops temporarily within a game:the umpire called time
3 [mass noun] time as allotted, available, or used:we need more timeit would be a waste of time
informal a prison sentence:he was doing time for fraud
4an instance of something happening or being done; an occasion:this is the first time I have got into debtthe nurse came in four times a day
an event, occasion, or period experienced in a particular way:she was having a rough time of it
5 (times) (following a number) expressing multiplication:eleven times four is forty-four
6 [mass noun] the rhythmic pattern of a piece of music, as expressed by a time signature:tunes in waltz time
the tempo at which a piece of music is played or marked to be played.
1 [with object and adverbial or infinitive] plan, schedule, or arrange when (something) should happen or be done:the first track race is timed for 11.15the bomb had been timed to go off an hour later
perform (an action) at a particular moment:Williams timed his pass perfectly from about thirty yards
2 [with object] measure the time taken by (a process or activity, or a person doing it):we were timed and given certificates according to our speed [with clause]:I timed how long it took to empty that tanker
3 [with object] (time something out) Computing (of a computer or a program) cancel an operation automatically because a predefined interval of time has passed without a certain event happening:connections are timed out when they’re not in use [no object]:some networks will time out if they don’t see activity going to the printer
(time out) (of an operation) be cancelled automatically because a predefined interval of time has passed without a certain event happening.
used to convey that something now happening or about to happen should have happened earlier:it’s about time I came clean and admitted it
with utmost speed, so as to finish by a specified time:he was working against time
all the time
constantly or very frequently:the airfield was in use all the time
at one time
in or during a known but unspecified past period:she was a nurse at one time
at the same time
1simultaneously; at once:answer the telephone promptly and try to pick up a pencil and notepad at the same time
2nevertheless (used to introduce a fact that should be taken into account):I can’t really explain it, but at the same time I’m not convinced
at a time
separately in the specified groups or numbers:he took the stairs two at a time
sometimes; on occasions:she is at times cruel and ruthless
before the due or expected time.
late:she was now behind time and had to rush
behind the times
not aware of or using the latest ideas or techniques; out of date:the children considered dad to be behind the times
for the time being
for the present; until some other arrangement is made.
give someone the time of day
[usually with negative] be pleasantly polite or friendly to someone:I wouldn’t give him the time of day if I could help it
half the time
as often as not:he’s so clever, half the time I can’t keep up with him
have no time for
be unable or unwilling to spend time on:he had no time for anything except essays and projects
dislike or disapprove of:he’s got no time for airheads
have the time
1be able to spend the time needed to do something:she didn’t have the time to look very closely
2know from having a watch what time it is:as he gets close to me, he asks if I’ve got the time
in (less than) no time
very quickly or very soon:the video has sold 30,000 copies in no time
in one's own time
1 (also in one's own good time) at a time and a rate decided by oneself:the desire of the child to be free to do things, to create in his own way and in his own time
2 (US on one's own time) outside working hours; without being paid:I painted mostly in my own time
1not late; punctual:I came back in time for Molly’s party
2eventually:there is the danger that he might, in time, not be able to withstand temptation
3in accordance with the appropriate musical rhythm or tempo.
keep good (or bad) time
1(of a clock or watch) record time accurately (or inaccurately).
2(of a person) be habitually punctual (or not punctual).
play or rhythmically accompany music in time.
lose no time
do a specified thing as soon as possible:the administration lost no time in trying to regain the initiative
not before time
used to convey that something now happening or about to happen should have happened earlier:a new law is proposed to curb this type of blatantly dishonest description, and not before time
a very short interval or period:the renovations were done in no time
punctual; punctually:the train was on timewe paid our bills on time
out of time
at the wrong time or period:I felt that I was born out of time
pass the time of day
exchange greetings or casual remarks.
time after time (also time and again or time and time again)
on very many occasions; repeatedly.
time and tide wait for no man
proverb if you don’t make use of a favourable opportunity, you may never get the same chance again.
a time in the past that was so long ago that people have no knowledge or memory of it:markets had been held there from time immemorial
time is money
proverb time is a valuable resource, therefore it’s better to do things as quickly as possible.
the time of one's life
a period or occasion of exceptional enjoyment.
time of the month
the time during which a woman or girl has her period; an occurrence of menstruation:they assume that if I am upset about anything, it must be my time of the month