[tahym-kuh n-soo-ming]


(of an action) requiring or wasting much time.

Origin of time-consuming

First recorded in 1930–35
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Examples from the Web for time-consuming

Contemporary Examples of time-consuming

Historical Examples of time-consuming

  • It was a time-consuming process, but it was the only way the job could be done.

    Anything You Can Do ...

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Not impossible, but a highly precarious and time-consuming operation at best.

    The Winds of Time

    James H. Schmitz

  • This review was a complex and time-consuming operation, which continued into 1954.

    East-West Trade Trends

    Harold E. Stassen

  • This law was designed to put an end to this time-consuming custom.

    Archology and the Bible

    George A. Barton

  • Household appliances and convenience foods are scarce luxuries; therefore, housekeeping is a time-consuming and tiring activity.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria

    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

British Dictionary definitions for time-consuming



taking up or involving a great deal of time
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