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verb [transitive]     time pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participletiming
past tensetimed
past participletimed
  1. 1
    to arrange something so that it happens at a particular time

    The exhibition has been timed to coincide with the publication of her new book.

    1. a.
      to do something by chance at a particular moment

      You timed that well: we’re just about to have something to eat.

  2. 2
    to hit a ball well or badly in sport because of the exact moment when you hit it
    beautifully/perfectly timed:

    Murray’s perfectly timed pass set Snell up for a well-taken goal.

  3. 3
    to use a clock to measure something, for example how long something lasts or how often something happens within a particular period


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