down·​time | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌtīm How to pronounce downtime (audio) \

Definition of downtime

1 : time during which production is stopped especially during setup for an operation or when making repairs
2 : inactive time (such as time between periods of work) napping during our downtime an injured athlete facing months of downtime

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Examples of downtime in a Sentence

After a busy day at work, I look forward to some downtime at home. The kids napped during their downtime. We need to minimize network downtime.
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Recent Examples on the Web Multiply that by a few hundred developers at an organization, and the rate of new vulnerabilities across the portfolio can noticeably decline — all by creating tight and accurate feedback loops and without incurring training costs and downtime. Jeff Williams, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 Summer travel was the big bounce-back story for 2021, with Covid-weary American travelers spending $6 billion on domestic flights in June alone, swapping screen time for downtime. NBC News, 30 Aug. 2021 Her only downtime was a glass of wine and the newspaper on a Saturday night when my brother and I were in bed. Marisa Bate,, 30 Aug. 2021 That being said, Coehlo is all about protecting her downtime. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, 30 Aug. 2021 It’s time for bloopers, which just means footage of the guys awkwardly dancing during their downtime! Devon Ivie, Vulture, 9 Aug. 2021 Serena Williams is learning how to make the most of her downtime. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Aug. 2021 Jennifer Lopez recently returned to the West Coast for some downtime—and to spend more time with Ben Affleck. Alexia Fernández,, 20 May 2021 Modernizing and digitalizing brownfield sites may seem like a recipe for downtime, but that’s no longer the case. Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of downtime

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of downtime was in 1928

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“Downtime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of downtime

: time when you are not working or busy
: time during which a computer or machine is not working

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