time

noun
\ ˈtīm How to pronounce time (audio) \

Definition of time

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues : duration
b : a nonspatial continuum that is measured in terms of events which succeed one another from past through present to future
c : leisure time for reading
2 : the point or period when something occurs : occasion
3a : an appointed, fixed, or customary moment or hour for something to happen, begin, or end arrived ahead of time
b : an opportune or suitable moment decided it was time to retire often used in the phrase about time about time for a change
4a : a historical period : age
b : a division of geologic chronology
c : conditions at present or at some specified period usually used in plural times are hardmove with the times
d : the present time issues of the time
5a : lifetime
b : a period of apprenticeship
c : a term of military service
d : a prison sentence
6 : season very hot for this time of year
7a : rate of speed : tempo
b : the grouping of the beats of music : rhythm
8a : a moment, hour, day, or year as indicated by a clock or calendar what time is it
b : any of various systems (such as a sidereal or solar system) of reckoning time
9a : one of a series of recurring instances or repeated actions you've been told many times

b times plural

(1) : added or accumulated quantities or instances five times greater
(2) : equal fractional parts of which an indicated number equal a comparatively greater quantity seven times smaller three times closer
c : turn three times at bat
10 : finite as contrasted with infinite duration
11 : a person's experience during a specified period or on a particular occasion a good time a hard time
12a : the hours or days required to be occupied by one's work make up time on company time
b : an hourly pay rate straight time
c : wages paid at discharge or resignation pick up your time and get out
13a : the playing time of a game
14 : a period during which something is used or available for use computer time
at the same time
: nevertheless, yet slick and at the same time strangely unprofessional— Gerald Weaks
at times
: at intervals : occasionally
for the time being
: for the present
from time to time
: once in a while : occasionally
in no time
: very quickly or soon
in time
1 : sufficiently early
3 : in correct tempo learn to play in time
on time
1a : at the appointed time
b : on schedule
2 : on the installment plan
time and again

time

verb
timed; timing

Definition of time (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to arrange or set the time of : schedule
b : to regulate (a watch) to keep correct time
2 : to set the tempo, speed, or duration of timed his leap perfectly— Neil Amdur
3 : to cause to keep time with something
4 : to determine or record the time, duration, or rate of time a horse
5 : to dispose (something, such as a mechanical part) so that an action occurs at a desired instant or in a desired way

intransitive verb

: to keep or beat time

time

adjective

Definition of time (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : of or relating to time
b : recording time
2 : timed to ignite or explode at a specific moment a time charge
3a : payable on a specified future day or a certain length of time after presentation for acceptance a time draft time deposits
b : based on installment payments a time sale

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Synonyms for time

Synonyms: Noun

moment, occasion

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Examples of time in a Sentence

Noun

The two events were separated by time and space. The poem is a reflection on the passage of time. What was happening at that particular moment in time? It has been that way since the beginning of time. If only I could travel back in time and do things differently. They were given a relatively short amount of time to finish the job. The situation has been getting more complicated as time goes by . happening for an extended period of time Would you prefer the meeting to be at an earlier time? Feel free to call me at any time, day or night.

Verb

They timed their vacation to coincide with the jazz festival. He timed it so that he made the shot just before the clock ran out. She timed the shot perfectly. The runners are timed with special watches. He timed the students as they completed their tests.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Everyone over time seems to be siding with the Expos,’’ McDowell said. Phil Rogers, chicagotribune.com, "1993 White Sox reunion: A run to a division title — and memories for a lifetime," 14 July 2018 Fitbit devices only store data for a week unless backed up to a computer, further complicating the ability to consider long term data when trying to assess if an irregular heart rhythm is a consistent problem over time. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Fishers teen discovers she has heart defect after wearing Fitbit," 14 July 2018 On Friday, Mejia spoke out for the first time publicly about his ordeal. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Immigrant dad separated from son in Michigan: 'A pain in my heart'," 14 July 2018 Eddie Rosario had three hits and two RBIs, but the Twins fell for the second time in nine games on their current homestand. Brian Hall, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Tampa Bay Rays turn three-inning outburst into 19-6 win over Minnesota Twins," 14 July 2018 On Saturday, the hat made a special appearance in the public eye when Markle and sister-in-law Kate Middleton stepped out together for the first time at the women’s single final of the Wimbledon Championship. Anna Millard, refinery29.com, "Yes, You've Seen Meghan Markle's Wimbledon Hat Before," 14 July 2018 Reese has been on the national radar for some time and continues to boost her stock at every turn. Katherine Dunn, baltimoresun.com, "After missing cut for U.S. team, St. Frances star Angel Reese plans more hoops, closer look at big offers," 14 July 2018 Ideally, according to the village, Tinley Park would buy the property then immediately sell it to a developer, but the village also is open to options such as selling off pieces of the land over time. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "3 firms compete to develop state-owned site in Tinley Park," 13 July 2018 The timber would have rotted away over time, but the soil would maintain its differences. Daniel Victor, New York Times, "Drought and Drone Reveal ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Signs of Ancient Henge in Ireland," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Vettel was timed in 1:33.357 in the afternoon, followed by Red Bull driver Max Verstappen (1:33.551) and Lewis Hamilton (1:34.037) in his Mercedes. Stephen Wade, The Seattle Times, "Bottas, Vettel lead Chinese GP practice sessions," 12 Apr. 2019 New Jersey’s insurance mandate and a similar one that the D.C. Council adopted last week are timed to begin in January, when the ACA's federal penalty is scheduled to disappear. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: Those who don't qualify for government aid aren't buying Obamacare plans," 3 July 2018 This could not have been timed any better after Emre Can saw out his contract and left to join Serie A giants Juventus on a free transfer. SI.com, "'New Sheriff in Town': Liverpool Fans React on Twitter After Recent Signing Spotted in England," 23 June 2018 He was timed by none other than Julio Jones, who has been training with Owens this offseason. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "44-year-old Terrell Owens is running a 4.4 40-yard-dash, apparently," 18 June 2018 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are headed to Australia this fall on a full royal tour, timed to coincide with the Invictus Games. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "David Beckham Is Heading to Australia With Meghan Markle and Prince Harry This Fall," 24 Aug. 2018 The suicide bomb blasts inside the provincial capital, also called Sweida, were apparently timed to coincide with attacks on villages in the eastern countryside, creating mayhem across the province. Fox News, "Hundreds killed as ISIS fighters ambush city, towns in southern Syria," 25 July 2018 Cunha said the group did not agree to pay for police details or emergency medical services at the march, which was one of hundreds across the country timed to coincide with the anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration. Jamie Halper, BostonGlobe.com, "ACLU sues Cambridge for billing Women’s March groups," 7 July 2018 Those are the biggest, brightest, and loudest fireworks, perfectly timed to coincide with crescendos and climaxes. Marc Daalder, Detroit Free Press, "Ford Fireworks: Where, when, and how to watch Detroit's 2018 display," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of time

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Adjective

circa 1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for time

Noun

Middle English, from Old English tīma; akin to Old Norse tīmi time, Old English tīd — more at tide entry 3

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More Definitions for time

time

noun

English Language Learners Definition of time

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the thing that is measured as seconds, minutes, hours, days, years, etc.
: a particular minute or hour shown by a clock
: the time in a particular area or part of the world

time

verb

English Language Learners Definition of time (Entry 2 of 2)

: to choose the hour, day, month, etc., when (something) will happen : to schedule (something, such as an event) to happen at a particular time
sports : to cause (something, such as a throw or pass) to happen at a certain moment
: to measure the amount of time needed by someone to do something (such as to finish a race)

time

noun
\ ˈtīm How to pronounce time (audio) \

Kids Definition of time

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues We've been friends for a long time. “Then it'll look like it was supposed to be there all the time.— Megan McDonald, Judy Moody
2 : a point or period when something occurs : occasion Remember the time I helped you?
3 : one of a series of repeated instances or actions They visited him many times.
4 : a moment, hour, day, or year as shown by a clock or calendar What time is it?
5 : a set or usual moment or hour for something to occur We arrived on time. It's time to take your medicine.
6 : a historical period : age in ancient times
7 : conditions of a period usually used in pl. hard times
8 times plural : added quantities or examples five times greater
9 : a person's experience during a certain period She had a good time.
10 : a part of the day when a person is free to do as he or she pleases I found time to read.
11 : rate of speed : tempo
12 : a system of determining time solar time
13 : rhythm
at times
: sometimes We were, at times, very happy.
for the time being
: for the present
from time to time
: once in a while
in time
1 : soon enough
2 : as time goes by : eventually The missing items will reappear in time.
3 : at the correct speed in music
time after time
: over and over again
time and again
: over and over again

time

verb
timed; timing

Kids Definition of time (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to arrange or set the point or rate at which something happens The dryer was timed to run for half an hour.
2 : to measure or record the point at which something happens, the length of the period it takes for something to happen, or the rate at which certain actions take place All the racers were timed.

Other Words from time

timer noun

time

noun
\ ˈtīm How to pronounce time (audio) \

Medical Definition of time

1a : the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues — see bleeding time, coagulation time, prothrombin time, reaction time
b : a continuum which lacks spatial dimensions and in which events succeed one another from past through present to future
2 : the point or period when something occurs
3 : a moment, hour, day, or year as indicated by a clock or calendar what time is it

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