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noun American English pronunciation: time /taɪm/ 
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singulartime
pluraltimes
 
  1. 1
    [uncountable] the quantity that you measure using a clock

    Time seemed to pass more quickly than before.

    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] a particular moment during a day, measured on a clock

      What time is it?

      What time does the movie start?

      tell time (=be able to understand what the time is by looking at a clock):

      We're teaching them how to tell time.

      at this time of day:

      Rachel won't be busy at this time of day.

    2. b.
      [uncountable] the time in a particular part of the world

      It was six o'clock in the morning, Pacific Standard Time.

      See also  local time
  2. 2
    [countable] a particular amount of time
    a long/short time:

    She thought about it for a long time.

    She left a short time ago.

    a/the length of time:

    There have been improvements in the length of time patients have to wait for treatment.

    1. a.
      a period in someone's life
      someone's time as something:

      She thoroughly enjoyed her time as manager.

      someone's time at something:

      He speaks of his time at the university as a happy one.

      an easy/hard time:

      When the kids were young it was a particularly hard time.

    2. b.
      [often plural] a period in history

      in the time between the wars

      Not since Roman times had a single nation been so powerful.

      time of:

      It was a time of tremendous political uncertainty.

  3. 3
    [countable] an occasion
    the time (when) someone does something:

    Do you remember the time we drove the car to Paris?

    (the) next time:

    The next time you need financial advice, come and see me.

    the first/second/last etc. time:

    It was the first time we'd met.

    1. a.
      [countable] an experience
      a good/bad time:

      It's my job to make sure the guests have a good time.

    2. b.
      [countable/uncountable] a moment
      at the/that/this time:

      I was sitting by the window at the time.

      at the time of doing something/at the time you do something:

      You can get travel insurance at the time you book the flight.

    3. c.
      [uncountable] a particular point when something happens

      She left the bar a few minutes before closing time.

      It's time we were leaving.

      time for:

      They said they would call us when it was time for dinner.

      it's time (that) someone did something/was doing something:

      Isn't it time the children went to bed?

    4. d.
      [singular] a particular moment that is appropriate or not appropriate for something

      When would be a good time to discuss it?

      the right/wrong time:

      Now seemed the right time to make a change.

    5. e.
      [countable] used for saying how often something happens

      Check the temperature two or three times a day.

  4. 4
    [uncountable] the time that is available for something

    She will have less time to spend with family and friends now.

    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] the amount of time that you need for a particular activity

      Bad weather could add another hour to your travel time.

      We have reduced the delivery time from four days to two.

    2. b.
      [countable] the amount of time that someone takes to finish a race

      She's cut two seconds off her previous best time.

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