time-test·​ed ˈtīm-ˌte-stəd How to pronounce time-tested (audio)
: having effectiveness that has been proved over a long period of time
time-tested methods

Examples of time-tested in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the six Native American and Alaska Native participants in this show blend the time-tested with the innovative, sometimes venturing into territory that isn’t very traditional at all. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 7 June 2023 In fact, the allure of hairy men is time-tested, and no joke. Maverick Li, Men's Health, 20 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of time-tested was in 1930

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“Time-tested.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time-tested. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: proven effective over a long period of time
time-tested methods

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