have (the) time

idiom

1
: to be able to use an amount of time required for a particular purpose
"Can you go to the store for me?" "I'm sorry, but I don't have time."
We're on a deadline, but he acts like we have all the time in the world!
often followed by to + verb
Do you have time to look this over for me?
I don't have the time to talk right now.
often + for
We've got time for a few more questions.
I don't have the time or patience for this.
2
: to like or be willing to spend time dealing with (something or someone)
usually + for
I have no time for liars.
(British) We have a lot of time for her.

Examples of have (the) time in a Sentence

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“Have (the) time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/have%20%28the%29%20time. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

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