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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Synonyms for downtime


layoff, time-out, winter

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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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Anyone who usually spends their downtime with a cup of coffee and a good book can tell you just how quickly those books can pile up. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "You Need This $15 Naked Floating Bookshelf—And 1,000 Reviews Agree," 3 Jan. 2019 Flagg’s granddaughter, Cathy O’Brien, 73, has spent much of her downtime researching and buying her grandfather’s work, scouring auction sites and catalogs. Alexandra Wolfe, WSJ, "I Want You…to Solve the Mystery of the Missing Nude," 10 Oct. 2018 And Goreski made the most of his downtime, pampering at the pool with his Joanna Vargas face mask in 2017. Colleen Kratofil,, "Katy Perry's Time-Saving Skincare Hack? Wear Your Face Mask Out in Public," 16 May 2018 Sophie Turner just revealed that during her downtime from filming for the show, Turner got a brand-new tattoo in tribute to her character. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner's Newest Tattoo Could Be a Major 'Game of Thrones' Spoiler," 14 June 2018 Much of the country is exhausted with Mr. Trump’s manic personal style and may vote for some downtime when choosing the next president. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "The Right’s Resistance," 9 Jan. 2019 For adult downtime, children can peel off to Camp Cheeca’s environmental program. Lizette Alvarez, New York Times, "The Cheeca Lodge Is Back, Tiki Bar and All," 23 June 2018 After nearly dying at the end of Netflix’s 2017 crossover miniseries The Defenders, Matt Murdock (aka Daredevil) needed some downtime. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Most Read," 12 Oct. 2018 In his downtime, he’s also been snapped in straight-off-the-runway Prada pieces. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "2018 Was the Year of the Male Red Carpet Peacock," 15 Dec. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of downtime

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

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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