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Meaning & Definition of Time in English

English

Time

/taɪm/

noun

1. An instance or single occasion for some event

  • "This time he succeeded"
  • "He called four times"
  • "He could do ten at a clip"
    synonym:
  • time
  • ,
  • clip

2. A period of time considered as a resource under your control and sufficient to accomplish something

  • "Take time to smell the roses"
  • "I didn't have time to finish"
  • "It took more than half my time"
    synonym:
  • time

3. An indefinite period (usually marked by specific attributes or activities)

  • "He waited a long time"
  • "The time of year for planting"
  • "He was a great actor in his time"
    synonym:
  • time

4. A suitable moment

  • "It is time to go"
    synonym:
  • time

5. The continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past

    synonym:
  • time

6. A person's experience on a particular occasion

  • "He had a time holding back the tears"
  • "They had a good time together"
    synonym:
  • time

7. A reading of a point in time as given by a clock

  • "Do you know what time it is?"
  • "The time is 10 o'clock"
    synonym:
  • clock time
  • ,
  • time

8. The fourth coordinate that is required (along with three spatial dimensions) to specify a physical event

    synonym:
  • fourth dimension
  • ,
  • time

9. Rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration

    synonym:
  • meter
  • ,
  • metre
  • ,
  • time

10. The period of time a prisoner is imprisoned

  • "He served a prison term of 15 months"
  • "His sentence was 5 to 10 years"
  • "He is doing time in the county jail"
    synonym:
  • prison term
  • ,
  • sentence
  • ,
  • time

verb

1. Measure the time or duration of an event or action or the person who performs an action in a certain period of time

  • "He clocked the runners"
    synonym:
  • clock
  • ,
  • time

2. Assign a time for an activity or event

  • "The candidate carefully timed his appearance at the disaster scene"
    synonym:
  • time

3. Set the speed, duration, or execution of

  • "We time the process to manufacture our cars very precisely"
    synonym:
  • time

4. Regulate or set the time of

  • "Time the clock"
    synonym:
  • time

5. Adjust so that a force is applied and an action occurs at the desired time

  • "The good player times his swing so as to hit the ball squarely"
    synonym:
  • time

Examples of using

Take three at a time.
I'd love to be able to spend less time doing household chores.
This is the first time I've ever got on a boat.