time frame


variants or less commonly timeframe
: 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.

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Example Sentences

They were not able to finish the project within the established time frame.
Recent Examples on the Web During this time frame, remote job listings overall increased by 22%. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 28 Aug. 2022 This time frame coincided with John David Wicker replacing Jim Sterk as SDSU’s director of athletics. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Aug. 2022 This type of payout growth is especially impressive given that most of this time frame was geopolitically calm. Brett Owens, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 In the study, 64% of symptomatic patients still tested positive in this time frame. Rong-gong Lin Ii And Luke Money, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Aug. 2022 Near McDowell Mountain Regional Park, up to 1.57 inches of rainfall were recorded in this time frame. Angela Cordoba Perez, The Arizona Republic, 9 Aug. 2022 In the study, 64% of symptomatic patients still tested positive in this time frame. Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2022 Hewitt later attempted to sell their private letters from this time frame for $150,000. Nicole Briese, PEOPLE.com, 21 July 2022 This time frame remains true for most sleep issues, like chronically waking up in the middle of the night — or having trouble getting out of bed in the morning. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 9 July 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'time frame.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of time frame was in 1964

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“Time frame.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20frame. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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Last Updated: 14 Sep 2022

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