bed·time | \ˈbed-ˌtīm \

Definition of bedtime 

: a time for going to bed

Examples of bedtime in a Sentence

The children are still up? It's way past their bedtimes.

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Choose a reasonable bedtime, say 11 p.m., and stick to it. Houston Chronicle, "youdocs0507.hou," 6 May 2018 Push your little traveler’s bedtime by 15 minutes per night in the two weeks before your departure. Kiley Bates-brennan, Good Housekeeping, "I Kept Traveling The World After I Had My Baby—Here Are My 5 Top Tips For Kid-Friendly Travel," 28 Apr. 2017 For better sleep, Dr. Muth favors having a bedtime routine and educating parents and children about limiting screen time and sugary or caffeinated drinks. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "Do Dietary Supplements Help or Hurt Children?," 2 July 2018 The throwaway domestic bits are the best: Jack-Jack double-patting his father awake, when Bob conks out during the bedtime storybook, for example. Michael Phillips,, "'Incredibles 2' review: Piling on the action in a 14-years-later sequel," 11 June 2018 Another common area for improvement is minimizing technology use within two hours of bedtime, Goldstein says. Time, "Daylight Saving Time Starts Sunday. Here's What Losing An Hour of Sleep Really Does to Your Body," 9 Mar. 2018 Schedule your workouts earlier in the day; exercising within two to three hours of bedtime can keep sleep at bay. Redbook, "23 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Increase Metabolism," 26 July 2017 Beyond safety concerns, the noise from fireworks can be a nuisance for the elderly, veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, pet owners and those with an early bedtime. Scott Stewart, The Seattle Times, "Fireworks face more restrictions in 2nd legal year in Iowa," 10 June 2018 The plan Eastman created for my trip would require me to delay my bedtime by a couple of hours each night, beginning about five days before heading east. Emily Sohn, Washington Post, "Time-zone changes can leave people worried about jet lag," 7 July 2018

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13th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bedtime

: the usual time when someone goes to bed


bed·time | \ˈbed-ˌtīm \

Kids Definition of bedtime

: time to go to bed

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