down·​time ˈdau̇n-ˌtīm How to pronounce downtime (audio)
: time during which production is stopped especially during setup for an operation or when making repairs
: inactive time (such as time between periods of work)
napping during our downtime
an injured athlete facing months of downtime

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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Word History

First Known Use

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 25 Apr. 2024.

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