there's no time like the present

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of there's no time like the present

used to say that the best time to do something is right now
  • "Should we do it now?" "Sure. There's no time like the present."

Word by Word Definitions

there play
  1. : in or at that place

  2. : to or into that place : thither

  3. : at that point or stage

  1. used as a function word to introduce a sentence or clause

  2. used as an indefinite substitute for a name

  1. : that place or position

  2. : that point

  1. used for emphasis especially after a demonstrative pronoun or a noun modified by a demonstrative adjective

  2. used for emphasis after a demonstrative adjective but before the noun modified

  3. : capable of being relied on for support or aid

time play
  1. : the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues : duration

  2. : a nonspatial continuum that is measured in terms of events which succeed one another from past through present to future

  3. : leisure

  1. : to arrange or set the time of : schedule

  2. : to regulate (a watch) to keep correct time

  3. : to set the tempo, speed, or duration of

  1. : of or relating to time

  2. : recording time

  3. : timed to ignite or explode at a specific moment

present play
  1. : something presented : gift

  1. : to bring or introduce into the presence of someone especially of superior rank or status

  2. : to introduce socially

  3. : to bring (something, such as a play) before the public

  1. : now existing or in progress

  2. : being in view or at hand

  3. : existing in something mentioned or under consideration

  1. : present occasion or affair

  2. : the present words or statements

  3. : the present tense of a language


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