- time1 [ taım ] noun ***▸ 1 quantity clock measures▸ 2 period▸ 3 occasion/moment▸ 4 time available/needed▸ 5 how fast music is played▸ + PHRASES1. ) uncount the quantity that you measure using a clock:Time seemed to pass more quickly than before.a ) count or uncount a particular moment during a day, measured on a clock:What time is it?What time does the movie start?tell time (=be able to understand what the time is by looking at a clock): We're teaching them how to tell time.at this time of day: Rachel won't be busy at this time of day.b ) uncount the time in a particular part of the world:It was six o'clock in the morning, Pacific Standard Time.local time: We left just after midnight, local time.2. ) count a period:a long/short time: She thought about it for a long time.The company only started trading a short time ago.a/the length of time: There have been improvements in the length of time patients have had to wait for treatment.a ) a period in someone's life:someone's time as something: She thoroughly enjoyed her time as manager.someone's time at something: He speaks of his time at the university as a happy one.an easy/hard time: When the kids were young it was a particularly hard time.b ) often plural a period in history:in the time between the warsNot since Roman times had a single nation been so powerful.time of: It was a time of tremendous political uncertainty.3. ) count an occasion:the time (when) someone does something: Do you remember the time we drove the car to Paris?(the) next time: The next time you need financial advice, come and see me.the first/second/last etc. time: It was the first time we'd noticed how old she'd become.a ) count an experience:a good/bad time: It's my job to make sure the guests have a good time.b ) count or uncount 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 you book the flight.c ) uncount a particular point when something happens:She left the bar a few minutes before closing time.It's time we were leaving.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?d ) uncount a particular moment that is appropriate or not appropriate for something:When would be a good time to discuss it?the right/wrong time: Now seemed the right time to make a change.e ) count used for saying how often something happens:Check the temperature two or three times a day.4. ) uncount the time that is available for something:She will have less time to spend with family and friends now.a ) count or uncount the amount of time that you need for a particular activity:Bad weather could add another hour to your travel time.We have reduced the delivery time from four days to two.b ) count the amount of time that someone takes to finish a race:She's cut two seconds off her previous best time.5. ) uncount the speed at which a piece of music is played, measured as the number of beats in each BAR:a piece in 6 8 timeabout time1. ) used for showing that you are annoyed because something has happened later than it should:Here they are, and about time too.2. ) used for saying that someone should do something soon:Isn't it about time we got a new car?against timeif you do something against time, you have to do it quickly because you are not sure you will have enough time to do it:They'll be working against time to get it finished.a race against time (=a situation in which you do not have enough time to do something): All these high-profile building projects turn into a race against time.ahead of timeat an earlier time than people expected:The airplane landed about a half hour ahead of time.ahead of your/its etc. timemuch more modern or advanced than most other people or things:As an artist, he was years ahead of his time.all the time1. ) often:It's a very good restaurant; we go there all the time.2. ) continuously:It rained all the time they were there.3. ) used for saying that one thing happens or exists at the same time as another:She just kept on talking and all the time I was thinking I wanted to leave.at a timeused for saying how many things there are in each group or on each occasion:We usually talk to four or five candidates at a time.Deal with each question separately, one at a time.at all timesalways:Please keep your bags with you at all times.at no timeused for emphasizing that you did not do something or that it did not happen:At no time did I feel they were being unreasonable.at one timein the past, but not now:At one time, that kind of thing would have made me really mad.at this timeused for talking about what exists now, usually when it may be different in the future:We have no more information available at this time.at timessometimes but not often:She was fun to be with at times.be out of timeto have no more time available to finish somethingbefore your time1. ) used for talking about things that happen at an earlier stage than they should:Such a modern design may look outdated before its time.2. ) OFTEN HUMOROUS used for saying that something happened or existed before you were born:These styles were a bit before my time.3. ) used for talking about things that existed in a place before you lived or worked there:She was a manager here, before your time.by the timeused for saying what has already happened at the time something else happens:By the time we arrived, the other guests were already there.do time INFORMALto be in prisonfind (the) timeto make some of your time available for a particular purpose:I should be able to find time to do it tomorrow.the first/second etc. time round/aroundthe first/second, etc. time that something happensfor a timeused for saying what happened or existed during a short period before it changed:We were quite happy for a time, until his brother moved in.for any length of timeused for talking about things that last for a short time only:He had difficulty sleeping for any length of time.for days/weeks etc. at a timecontinuously for a period of several days/weeks etc.for old times' sakeas a way of remembering enjoyable times in the pastfor some timefor a long period of time:I've been thinking about moving for some time now.from time to timesometimes, but not oftenhalf the time MAINLY SPOKENused for talking about things that happen fairly often:Half the time the students are not even listening to you.have all the time in the world INFORMALto have a lot of time available to do somethinghave a lot of time for INFORMALto like someone or something very muchhave no time forto dislike someone or somethingin no time (at all) or in next to no timevery soon or very quicklyin your own good time INFORMALonly when it is convenient for you and not before. This expression is often used humorously for telling someone that you are waiting for them to do something.in your own timenot before you are readyin someone's timewhen someone was living, working, etc. in a particular place:In my time, customers were always greeted with a smile.in time1. ) early enough:in time to/for: I want to be home in time for tea.in plenty of time (=well before the latest possible time): If we leave now, we'll be at the airport in plenty of time.just in time: We got to the hospital just in time to see the newborn baby.2. ) after a fairly long period of time:He'll forget about it in time.3. ) used for talking about a particular time in the future, measured from now:in five days'/three weeks'/two years' etc. time: In two hours' time, we'll be in Paris.4. ) if you do something such as move your body in time to a piece of music, your movements are at the same speed and beat as the music5. ) if musicians are in time with each other, they are all playing at the same speedit's high time (that)used for saying that something should happen now:It's high time we stopped treating him like a child.it's only a matter/question of time MAINLY SPOKENused for saying that something will definitely happen, but you are not sure whenkeep time1. ) if a clock keeps good time, it always shows the correct time2. ) if a musician keeps time, they play a piece of music at the correct speed and beat3. ) if you keep time for a musician, you show them what the correct speed and beat are for a piece of musickill timeto make time seem to pass more quickly by doing something instead of just waitinglose timeto have less available time than you expected, for example because an unexpected problem has caused a delaymake good/excellent timeto make a trip in a shorter time than you expectedmake (the) timeto make some of your time available for a particular purpose:I'll try and make time to deal with it next week.mark time1. ) to make no progress at all, for example because you are waiting for something2. ) if someone such as a soldier marks time, they make walking movements with their feet but they do not move forward or backwardmost of the timeusually or very oftenmove with the timesto change and become modernnine times out of ten INFORMALusuallynot have much time forto dislike someone or somethingof all timeused for talking about people or things that are better than all others that have existed:the greatest boxer of all timeonce upon a time1. ) used at the beginning of children's stories about events that happened in the past2. ) HUMOROUS used for talking about a situation that existed in the paston your own timeduring your personal time, not during the time when you are officially at workon timearriving at the correct time and not late:The train was on time.over timegradually:Things will get better over time.pass the timeto prevent yourself from becoming bored by doing something, often something you are not really interested in:We played cards to pass the time.play for timeto cause a delay that gives you more time to prepare for something or decide about somethingthere's a first time for everythingused for saying that something is very strange or surprisingthere's no time like the present SPOKENused for saying that someone should do something now, instead of waiting to do it later(there's) no time to loseused for telling someone to hurrytime after time or time and againmany times, usually so often that you become annoyedtime and a halfone and a half times the usual money that you earn:We get time and a half for working on Sundays.time fliesused for saying that time seems to be passing very quicklytime is moneyused for saying that time should not be wasted because you lose money as a resulttime is of the essence FORMALused for emphasizing that something should be done as soon as possibletime is on your sideyou are in a situation that allows you a lot of time to do somethingthe time is ripeused for saying that something should happen now because the situation makes it convenienttime of the month INFORMALthe time when a woman has her PERIODtime waits for no oneused for telling someone to do something soon, while the time is availabletime was MAINLY LITERARYused for talking about things that happened or existed in the pasttime will tell SPOKENused for saying that you will know in the future whether something is true or rightwhen the time comesused for talking about what will happen at some future timethe whole timecontinuously during a periodwith timehappening or changing gradually:You will feel better with time.with time to spareearlier than necessary=> BEST1, FOR, GOOD1, HARD1timetime 2 [ taım ] verb transitive **1. ) to use a clock to measure something, for example how long something lasts or how often something happens within a particular period:a simple device for timing the human heartbeat2. ) to hit a ball well or badly in a sport because of the exact moment when you hit it:beautifully/perfectly timed: Murray's perfectly timed swing sent the ball over the fence.3. ) to arrange something so that it happens at a particular time:The exhibit has been timed to coincide with the publication of her new book.a ) to happen by chance at a particular moment:You timed that well: we're just about to have something to eat.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.