time

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noun
1 what is measured in minutes, hours, days, etc.
TIME + VERB
elapse, go by, pass

As time went by we saw less and less of each other.

The changing seasons mark the passing of time.

fly

How time flies!

go

Where does the time go?

drag

Time drags in this job.

heal sth

Time heals all wounds.

PREPOSITION
in time

The play takes us back in time to the 1940s.

over time

Perceptions change over time.

through time

travel through time

PHRASES
a matter of time

It was only a matter of time before someone tried to kill him.

the mists of time

The origins of this custom are lost in the mists of time.

2 time shown on a clock
ADJECTIVE
good, perfect

My watch keeps good time.

local

The attacks were launched at 9 p.m. local time.

daylight saving
British Summer, Eastern Standard, Greenwich Mean, etc.
VERB + TIME
tell

Can he tell the time yet? (BrE)

Can he tell time yet? (AmE)

have

Do you have the time?

What time do you have? (AmE)

make

What time do you make it? (BrE)

look at

Look at the time! We'll be late.

check

Let me just check the time.

keep
TIME + NOUN
zone
PREPOSITION
ahead of … time, behind … time

10 hours behind Pacific Standard Time

PHRASES
at … time in the morning/afternoon/evening, at … time of day, at … time of the morning/afternoon/evening/night

There's less traffic at this time of day.

What are you doing out of bed at this time of night?

time of year, time of the year

The leaves start to turn red at this time of (the) year.

this time tomorrow, etc.

This time tomorrow I'll be in Canada.

3 time when sth happens/should happen
ADJECTIVE
peak

There are extra buses at peak times.

prime
closing, opening
arrival, departure
VERB + TIME
fix (BrE), set

We need to set a time for the next meeting.

change
TIME + VERB
come

You'll feel differently about it when the time comes.

PREPOSITION
ahead of time

We had everything worked out ahead of time.

behind time (BrE)

The plane took off an hour behind time.

by the time

By the time you get there the meeting will be over.

in time

We got home in time to see the end of the game.

on time

The trains are rarely on time.

time for

It's time for dinner.

4 amount of time
ADJECTIVE
considerable, long
little, short
limited

It is a special price for a limited time.

total
reasonable
precious

We're wasting precious time.

idle
free, leisure, spare
quality
journey, travel, travelling/traveling
running

the movie's two-hour running time

playing (esp. AmE), screen

The coach plans to give younger players more playing time.

De Niro makes the most of limited screen time.

lead, waiting

There is a long lead time between order and delivery of the product.

… OF TIME
amount, length, period

Have you lived overseas for any length of time?

great deal

A great deal of time has been spent on developing this software.

VERB + TIME
have

Do you have time for a chat?

I had no time to think.

need

Do you need more time?

give sb/sth

I can certainly do the job if you give me time.

take (sb)

It takes time to make changes in the law.

It took her a long time to read the report.

Take your time (= take as much time as you like).

spend

She spends much of her time reading.

I hope to spend more time with my family.

kill, pass, while away

It helps to pass the time.

fritter away, idle away
devote, put, use

She devotes all her spare time to gardening.

He put all his time into the show.

allow, leave

They didn't allow much time for discussion.

This doesn't leave much time for us to get ready.

find, make

I can never find time to write letters.

I can probably make the time to see them.

wait

We had to wait some time before the bus arrived.

gain, save

You would save time with a dishwasher.

reduce

measures to reduce waiting times

waste
lose, run out of

We have no time to lose (= we must hurry).

I didn't finish the test—I ran out of time.

be pressed for, be short of
be out of
play for

Not knowing what to do, she played for time by going to the bathroom.

TIME + VERB
be up, run out

Sorry, your time is up.

TIME + NOUN
frame, interval, period, scale, span
limit
lag
PREPOSITION
at a time

He surfs the Internet for hours at a time.

for a time

I lived there for a time.

in time

You'll get used to the work in time.

over time, with time

Her skills improved with time.

PHRASES
all in good time (= sth will happen when the time is right)

Be patient, Emily! All in good time.

all the time

The letter was in my pocket all the time (= while I was looking for it).

She leaves the lights on all the time (= always/repeatedly).

the entire time, the whole time
for quite some time

He'd been thinking about quitting his job for quite some time.

if time permits

We will discuss this matter later, if time permits.

in the fullness of time (= when the time is right, usually after a long period)
in good of time, in plenty of time

Get to the airport in good time (= plenty of time before the plane leaves).

in next to no time, in no time at all
in ten minutes', three hours', etc. time (esp. BrE)

I'll be back in ten minutes' time.

in your own good time, in your own time (= taking as long as you want/need)
most of the time
a race against time

Finishing the book was a race against time.

a long time ago, some time ago

Her parents died a long time ago.

a waste of time

What a waste of time!

5 (often times) period in the past/present
ADJECTIVE
good, great, happy
bad, difficult, hard, rough, sad, tough, troubled, unhappy

Times are hard for the unemployed.

ancient, early, former, old

in ancient times

modern, recent
medieval, prehistoric, etc.
TIME + VERB
change

Times have changed since Grandma was young.

PREPOSITION
at a/the time

He lived at the time of the Civil War.

At one time Mary was my best friend.

before sb's time

The Beatles were before my time.

in sb's time

Mr Curtis was the manager in my time (= when I was working there).

in times

in times of trouble

PHRASES
from time immemorial, since time immemorial (= for a very long time)
of all time

the greatest hockey player of all time

a sign of the times

It's a sign of the times when sports stars earn more than movie stars.

time was when

Time was when (= there was a time when) we never needed to lock our house at night.

6 occasion
ADJECTIVE
that, this

I'm determined to pass this time.

final, last

When was the last time you saw her?

another, next

Next time you're here let's have lunch together.

one
each, every

Every time I hear that song I feel happy.

only
same
appropriate, good, suitable

Is this an appropriate time to discuss my salary?

appointed, right
bad, wrong

This would be a bad time to tell her.

first, second, etc.

For the first time in history, more than half of us now live in cities.

umpteenth
countless, many

I've told you countless times.

several
… OF TIMES
couple
number
VERB + TIME
remember

I can remember the first time I met her.

bide

We'll have to bide our time until the rain stops.

TIME + VERB
come

Your time will come.

be ripe

The time is ripe for revolution.

PREPOSITION
at a/the time

The chairlift can take four people at a time.

At the time of writing, a ceasefire is under discussion.

Hot water is available at all times.

He can be rather moody at times.

by the time

She'll have gone by the time we get there.

for the … time

I told her not to do it for the umpteenth time.

PHRASES
at the present time
for the time being (= temporarily)
a number of times
x times out of x

three times out of ten

7 when you experience sth in a particular way
ADJECTIVE
enjoyable, fun, good, grand (esp. BrE), great, marvellous/marvelous, pleasant, splendid (esp. BrE), wonderful

It was a fun time for us girls.

awful, dreadful (esp. BrE), horrible, miserable, sad, terrible
difficult, hard
VERB + TIME
have

Did you have a good time in Spain?

We had a great time at the party.

enjoy
8 time taken in a race, etc.
ADJECTIVE
fast
record

He completed the course in record time.

VERB + TIME
clock up, record

She clocked up one of the fastest times of the year.

TIME + NOUN
trial
9 musical rhythm
ADJECTIVE
waltz
double, quick
VERB + TIME
beat, keep

The conductor beat time with a baton.

TIME + NOUN
signature
PREPOSITION
in time, in time to, in time with, out of time with

Kelly played guitar and everyone clapped their hands in time.

They were clapping in time to the music.

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verb
ADVERB
conveniently, well

This campaign is well timed.

beautifully (esp. BrE), perfectly, to perfection

a beautifully timed entrance

We had timed our arrival to perfection.

badly, poorly
carefully

The schedule must be carefully timed.

precisely
PREPOSITION
for

The meeting is timed for 3 o'clock.

PHRASES
be timed to coincide with sth

The show is timed to coincide with the launch of her new book.


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