- a period in the history of the world, or contemporary with the life or activities of a notable person: prehistoric times; in Lincoln's time.
- the period or era now or previously present: a sign of the times; How times have changed!
- a period considered with reference to its events or prevailing conditions, tendencies, ideas, etc.: hard times; a time of war.
- tempo; relative rapidity of movement.
- the metrical duration of a note or rest.
- proper or characteristic tempo.
- the general movement of a particular kind of musical composition with reference to its rhythm, metrical structure, and tempo.
- the movement of a dance or the like to music so arranged: waltz time.
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Idioms about time
- once; in a former time: At one time they owned a restaurant.
- at the same time; at once: They all tried to talk at one time.
- at the right time; on time; punctually.
- in advance of the right time; early: We arrived at the appointed spot in good time.
- early enough: to come in time for dinner.
- in the future; eventually: In time he'll see what is right.
- in the correct rhythm or tempo: There would always be at least one child who couldn't play in time with the music.
- to record time, as a watch or clock does.
- to mark or observe the tempo.
- to perform rhythmic movements in unison.
- to move quickly, especially in an attempt to recover lost time.
- to travel at a particular speed.
- to suspend progress temporarily, as to await developments; fail to advance.
- Military. to move the feet alternately as in marching, but without advancing.
- at the specified time; punctually.
- to be paid for within a designated period of time, as in installments: Many people are never out of debt because they buy everything on time.
Origin of time
OTHER WORDS FROM timere·time, verb (used with object), re·timed, re·tim·ing.un·timed, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH timethyme, time
Words nearby time
How to use time in a sentence
I can’t remember the first time I held one, but I also can’t remember a time before I did.The Rise and Fall of the Rice Cake, America’s One-Time Favorite Health Snack|Brenna Houck|September 17, 2020|Eater
Every time he goes anywhere where he might encounter other people, they’re tested, just as he’s tested for the virus regularly.In 160 words, Trump reveals how little he cares about the pandemic|Philip Bump|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
The Greens dawdled in filing their challenge, during which time county clerks began putting the ballots together.
In September of 2018, the NLRB majority moved for a third time to curtail the Obama-era joint-employer rule, this time through a rulemaking process.“Cover Up”: House Democrats Subpoena Documents That NLRB Refused to Share in Ethics Investigation|by Ian MacDougall|September 15, 2020|ProPublica
I suggested iMessage, since that’s how we communicate about 90 percent of the time anyway.
Since the 1950s, fluoride has adapted itself to the prevailing concerns of the time.
But give the Kingdom credit for its sense of mercy: The lashes will be administered only 50 at a time.
“I think for trans men who are dating every time they hook up they have another coming out,” Sandler said.
As far as I can tell, this magazine spent as much time making fun of French politicians as it did of Muslims or Islam.
Thus, more time is spent organization and obtaining ones free of failings.
It ended on a complaint that she was 'tired rather and spending my time at full length on a deck-chair in the garden.'
The vision—it had been an instantaneous flash after all and nothing more—had left his mind completely for the time.
About this time the famous Philippine painter, Juan Luna (vide p. 195), was released after six monthsʼ imprisonment as a suspect.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
I hate to be long at my toilette at any time; but to delay much in such a matter while travelling is folly.
Now, it immediately occurred to Davy that he had never in his whole life had all the plums he wanted at any one time.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
British Dictionary definitions for time
- the continuous passage of existence in which events pass from a state of potentiality in the future, through the present, to a state of finality in the past
- (as modifier)time travel Related adjective: temporal
- a definite and measurable portion of this continuum
- (as modifier)time limit
- an accepted period such as a day, season, etc
- (in combination)springtime
- a customary or full period of work
- the rate of pay for this period
- the system of combining beats or pulses in music into successive groupings by which the rhythm of the music is established
- a specific system having a specific number of beats in each grouping or barduple time
- once; formerly
- nevertheless; however
- outside paid working hours
- at one's own rate
- early or at the appointed time
- music at a correct metrical or rhythmic pulse
- to find an opportunity
- (often foll by with) US informal to succeed in seducing
- at the expected or scheduled time
- US payable in instalments
Word Origin for time
Medical definitions for time
Scientific definitions for time
- An interval separating two points of this quantity; a duration.
- A system or reference frame in which such intervals are measured or such quantities are calculated.
Other Idioms and Phrases with time
In addition to the idioms beginning with time
- time after time
- time and a half
- time and tide wait for no man
- time bomb
- time flies
- time hangs heavy
- time immemorial
- time is money
- time is ripe
- time is up
- time of day
- time off
- time of one's life
- time on one's hands
- time out
- time out of mind
- time warp
- time was
- time will tell
- about time
- against the clock (time)
- ahead of one's time
- ahead of time
- all the time
- at all times
- at one time
- at one time or another
- at the same time
- at this point (in time)
- at times
- beat time
- behind in (time)
- behind the times
- bide one's time
- big time
- buy time
- call one's (time one's) own
- chow down (time)
- crunch time
- do time
- every time one turns around
- for the moment (time being)
- from time to time
- good-time Charlie
- hard time
- have a good time
- high time
- in between times
- in due course (of time)
- in good time
- in no time
- in the fullness of time
- in the nick of time
- in time
- keep time
- keep up (with the times)
- kill time
- less than (no time)
- long time no see
- lose time
- make good time
- make time
- make up for lost time
- many is the (time)
- mark time
- not give someone the time of day
- no time for
- no time like the present
- of one's life, time
- on borrowed time
- once upon a time
- one by one (at a time)
- on one's own time
- on time
- pass the time
- play for time
- point in time
- pressed for time
- serve time
- show someone a good time
- small time
- stitch in time
- take one's time
- take up space (time)
- tell time
- whale of a time