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  1. 1
    early enough

    I want to be home in time for tea.

    in plenty of time (=well before the latest possible time):

    If we leave now, we’ll be at the station in plenty of time.

    just in time:

    We got to the airport just in time.

  2. 2
    used for talking about a particular time in the future, measured from now
    in five days’/three weeks’/two years’ etc time:

    In two hours’ time, we’ll be in Paris.

  3. 3
    after a fairly long period of time

    He’ll forget about it in time.

  4. 4
    music if musicians are in time with each other, they are all playing at the same speed
  5. 5
    if you do something such as move your body in time to a piece of music, your movements are at the same speed and beat as the music
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