time frame

variants: or less commonly timeframe \ ˈtīm-​ˌfrām How to pronounce timeframe (audio) \

Definition of time frame

: a period of time especially with respect to some action or project

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time frame or timeframe?

Should time frame be written as one word or two? At present, it is most commonly styled as two words with no hyphen in between.

Compounds, or “words consisting of components that are words,” come in three varieties: open (two words with a space between them, such as lima bean), hyphenated (two words with a hyphen between them, such as runner-up), and closed (one word, such as rowboat). In some cases, competing compound stylings appear in different publications. This is generally acceptable as long as the spelling remains consistent throughout a book or periodical.

Compounds have a tendency to move from open to closed as time goes by, and our evidence suggests that time frame is headed in this direction. At this point, however, the open compound is far more prevalent.

Examples of time frame in a Sentence

They were not able to finish the project within the established time frame.

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Iran has been conducting space launches since 2005 and yet there has been little practical movement toward long-range missiles in that time frame. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Iranian Satellite Launch, Seen by Some as Cover for Missile Research, Fails," 15 Jan. 2019 As part of the plan's Tier 2 recommendations, committee members envisioned a three- to four-year time frame for those elements. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mukwonago's downtown can change for the better. Now there's a plan to make that happen.," 3 July 2018 The three-year time frame is designed to hold schools accountable for high default rates. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Behind on college loans? Consider these options," 2 May 2018 An NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll conducted April 8-11 -- the same time frame as the Post-ABC poll -- found a 7-point advantage in the generic congressional ballot for Democrats, down from a 10-point edge in March. Andrew Dunn, CNN, "Democrats have 19-point advantage in midterms in New Jersey, new poll finds," 16 Apr. 2018 Holy Cross beat Rummel for the second time in five days and won its third game in that same time frame. Les East, NOLA.com, "Holy Cross 6, Rummel 3, Mikey Ricks, Gavin Peyroux lead Tigers victory," 10 Apr. 2018 Although waiting on that decision, Merle said Riverview is estimating a three-year time frame to operations. Sarah Bowman and Emily Hopkins cover the environment for the star. Emily Hopkins, USA TODAY, "Could this 'clean coal’ plant proposal be an answer to Indiana’s 17 billion tons of reserves?," 19 Mar. 2018 Although waiting on that decision, Merle said Riverview is estimating a three year time frame to operations. Emily Hopkins, Indianapolis Star, "Could this 'clean coal’ plant proposal be answer to Indiana’s 17 billion tons of reserves?," 18 Mar. 2018 Elwood has asked a Will County judge to dismiss the lawsuit arguing the family missed the one-year time frame to challenge the annexation. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Walsh pushes bills to address Elwood issues," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of time frame

1964, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of time frame

: a period of time that is used or planned for a particular action or project

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