verb (used with object), time-shared, time-shar·ing.

to use or occupy by time-sharing.


Nearby words

  1. time-release,
  2. time-saving,
  3. time-sensitive,
  4. time-served,
  5. time-server,
  6. time-sharing,
  7. time-stamp,
  8. time-tested,
  9. time-worn,
  10. timecard

Related formstime-shar·er, noun




Computers. a system or service in which a number of users at different terminals simultaneously use a single computer for different purposes.
Also time-share. a plan in which persons share ownership or rental costs of a vacation home, especially a condominium, entitling each participant to use the residence for a specified time each year.

Origin of time-sharing

First recorded in 1960–65

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British Dictionary definitions for time sharing

time sharing


  1. a system of part ownership of a property, such as a flat or villa, for use as a holiday home, whereby each participant buys the right to use the property for the same fixed period annually
  2. (as modifier)a time-sharing system
  1. a system by which users at different terminals of a computer can, because of its high speed, apparently communicate with it at the same timeCompare batch processing
  2. (as modifier)a time-sharing computer



denoting, relating to, or forming part of time sharing of propertytime-share villas
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Word Origin and History for time sharing


1953, as a computing term, from time (n.) + verbal noun from share (v.). In real estate, as an arrangement in property use, it is recorded from 1976.

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