time NOUN 1) the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future, regarded as a whole. 2) a point of time as measured in hours and minutes past midnight or noon. 3) the favourable or appropriate moment to do something. 4) (a time) an indefinite period. 5) (also times) a portion of time characterized by particular events or circumstances: Victorian times. 6) (one's time) a period regarded as characteristic of a particular stage of one's life. 7) the length of time taken to complete an activity. 8) time as allotted, available, or used: a waste of time. 9) an instance of something happening or being done. 10) Brit. the moment at which the opening hours of a public house end. 11) informal a prison sentence. 12) an apprenticeship. 13) the normal rate of pay for time spent working. 14) (times) (following a number) expressing multiplication. 15) the rhythmic pattern or tempo of a piece of music.
VERB 1) arrange a time for. 2) perform at a particular time. 3) measure the time taken by. 4) (time out) Computing (of a computer or a program) cancel (an operation) automatically because a predefined interval of time has passed. 5) (times) informal multiply (a number).
about time — Cf. ↑about time
all the time — Cf. ↑all the time
at the same time — Cf. ↑at the same time
at a time — Cf. ↑at a time
behind the times — Cf. ↑behind the times
for the time being — Cf. ↑for the time being
have no time for — Cf. ↑have no time for
in time — Cf. ↑in time
keep good (or bad) time — Cf. ↑keep good time
keep time — Cf. ↑keep time
on time — Cf. ↑on time
pass the time of day — Cf. ↑pass the time of day
time and tide wait for no man — Cf. ↑time and tide wait for no man
time immemorial — Cf. ↑time immemorial
time is money — Cf. ↑time is money
the time of one's life — Cf. ↑the time of one's life
time out of mind — Cf. ↑time out of mind
time will tell — Cf. ↑time will tell
ORIGIN Old English; related to TIDE(Cf. ↑tidal), which it superseded in temporal sens es.

English terms dictionary. 2015.


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