time

noun
\ ˈtīm How to pronounce time (audio) \
plural times

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

— see also a race against time, take one's time

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

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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 Atlanta, the three-time defending division champion, will now play a four-game series at Citi Field from June 21-23 and a five-game set in Queens from July 26-29. Mike Fitzpatrick, courant.com, 30 May 2021 Grants will fund 70 full-time teachers needed for 24:1 staffing in grades TK-8, full-day kindergarten paraprofessionals, three family liaisons and staff for the district PR team. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 May 2021 Helio Castroneves joined the exclusive club of four-time Indianapolis 500 winners Sunday, and then scaled the fence at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in front of the largest crowd since the start of the pandemic. BostonGlobe.com, 30 May 2021 More than 50% of school districts across the U.S. have reopened full-time as of March 29 while 46% have adopted hybrid-learning models, the American Enterprise Institute's Return to Learn Tracker shows. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 30 May 2021 Those who return to part-time work could earn a $1,000 bonus. Rob Berger, Forbes, 30 May 2021 Helio Castroneves joined the exclusive club of four-time Indianapolis 500 winners Sunday, and then scaled the fence at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in front of the largest crowd since the start of the pandemic. Jenna Fryer, chicagotribune.com, 30 May 2021 The Brazilian driver joined Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson among the sports world’s elite elders of 2021 and matched A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears on the short list of Indy’s four-time winners. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 30 May 2021 On 18, Spieth found the water with his second shot, taking the pressure off the two-time Ohio Amateur champion, who two-putted his way to victory. Tim Schmitt, The Enquirer, 30 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Osaka, who tends to aggressively rip her returns, is prone to making more errors on clay than on hard courts, where the bounces are true and shots are easier to time correctly. New York Times, 28 May 2021 The change came as governments and businesses have unveiled a range of more tangible inducements, from free doughnuts and drinks to time off and cash bonuses. Richard Galant, CNN, 16 May 2021 Find out when new plants arrive and time your next visit accordingly. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Apr. 2021 For a few years now, NFL general managers have been saying it’s getting harder and harder to find good offensive linemen, but the Colts managed to time their critical need at the position to a draft that bucks that trend. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Apr. 2021 They've been known to time their trims to full moons, and practice velaterapia (a popular local tradition that involves running the flame of a candle along the length of the hair to burn off split ends). Michella Oré, Allure, 21 Apr. 2021 The flyback chronograph is activated by pushing the pusher at 4 o’clock while the chronograph is running, enabling you to quickly time a new event without having to stop and reset the chronograph, saving you precious seconds. Kristen Shirley, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 Trying to time the market—going all in or selling everything—is a fool’s game. Steve Forbes, Forbes, 6 May 2021 What's more, wealthy investors can afford to time their stock sales to achieve maximum tax benefits, Brown noted. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, 22 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In 2013, Orb began a run of six straight post-time favorites to win the Derby, ending with Justify’s victory in 2018. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 28 Apr. 2021 The 7-footer, Orlando's only all-star since 2012 and its sixth multi-time all-star, came into Tuesday averaging a career-best 24.1 points and 11.7 rebounds. John Denton, Star Tribune, 23 Feb. 2021 In hindsight, getting multi-time All Star Russell Westbrook with the fourth overall pick in 2008 is a best-case scenario. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, 8 Nov. 2020 Bowden is a multi-time cancer survivor, including prostate cancer in 2007 and skin cancer on at least two occasions. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 5 Oct. 2020 Both multi-time LHSAA state champions also won in July at the Deep South Duals in Birmingham, Alabama. Christopher Dabe, NOLA.com, 16 Sep. 2020 Favorites have been defeated in the past five Oaks, with Untapable in 2014 the last post-time choice to win the race. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 31 Aug. 2020 More important than money, a second Indianapolis 500 title in four years will forever define his legacy multi-time 500 champions. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of time was before the 12th century

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“Time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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