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noun time pronunciation in British English /taɪm/
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  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 does the film start?
      What time is it?
      tell the time (=be able to understand what the time is by looking at a clock): We’re teaching them how to tell the time.
      at this time of day: She 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.
  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.
      [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.
    2. b.
      a period in someones life
      someone’s time as something: She thoroughly enjoyed her time as manager.
      someone’s time at something: He speaks of his time at university as a happy one.
      an easy/hard time: When the kids were young it was a particularly hard time.
  3. 3
    [countable] an occasion
    the time (when) someone does something: Do you remember the time we drove the car to Paris?
    the first/second/last etc time: It was the first time we’d met.
    (the) next time: The next time you need financial advice, come and see me.
    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 of booking.
      at the time of writing (=when this article, report etc was written): No medical evidence was available at the time of writing.
    3. c.
      [uncountable] a particular point when something happens
      She left the bar a few minutes before closing time.
      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?
      It’s time we were leaving.
    4. d.
      [singular] a particular moment that is suitable or not suitable for something
      When would be a good time to discuss it?
      I’m afraid now isn’t a very convenient time for me.
      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 journey 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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