time–out

play
noun \ˈtīm-ˈau̇t\

Definition of time–out

  1. 1 :  a brief suspension of activity :  break; especially :  a suspension of play in an athletic game

  2. 2 :  a quiet period used especially as a disciplinary measure for children

First Known Use of time–out

circa 1896



TIME–OUT Defined for English Language Learners

time-out

play
noun

Definition of time–out for English Language Learners

  • : a short period of time during a sports event when the game stops and the players rest or talk to their coach

  • : a short period of time when you stop doing something so that you can rest or do something else

  • : a short period of time when a child must sit quietly as punishment for behaving badly


TIME–OUT Defined for Kids

time–out

play
noun \ˈtīm-ˈau̇t\

Definition of time–out for Students

  1. 1 :  a short period during a game in which play is stopped

  2. 2 :  a quiet period used as a way to discipline a child

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