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noun  us   /tɑɪm/


[U] the seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, etc., in which existence is measured, or the past, present, and future considered as a whole: I really don’t have time to call her today. The children spent most of their time outdoors. We’d save time (= It would be quicker) if we didn’t have to pick up Bobby on the way. [U] If you waste time, you do not make good use of the amount of time available to you.


[C/U] a particular period of seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, etc., during which something has been happening or is needed or available: [U] The kids are well-behaved most of the time. [C] She was very lonely at that time. [C] They talked for a long time. [U] She spent most of her free time listening to music. [C] It’s unusual to get snow at this time of year. [U] Those kids are over here all the time (= often or continuously). [C/U] If you pass time, you do something while waiting for something else to happen: [U] While he was waiting, Joe passed the time looking through magazines. [C/U] Your time in a race is the number of seconds, minutes, and hours you take to complete it: [C] The track was soft, and the times were slow.


[C/U] a particular moment in the day, as expressed in hours and minutes and shown on a clock, or a particular point in the day, week, month, or year: [U] What time is it? [U] What time do you finish work? [U] He’s teaching his daughter to tell time (= to recognize what particular point in the day it is by looking at a clock). [C] I catch the train at the same time every day. [U] Parking is not allowed here at any time (= ever). [C/U] Time is also used to refer to the system of recording hours used in different parts of the world: [U] Mountain Standard Time [U] daylight saving time

time noun (SUITABLE POINT)

[C/U] a point of the day, week, month, or year that is suitable for a particular activity, or at which something is expected to happen: [U] We had enjoyed our visit, but now it was time to go home. [U] Put away your toys, Leni, it’s time for bed. [C] The times for meals are listed on the schedule. [U] This is no time (= not a suitable moment) to change your mind.in time To be in time for something is to arrive at the right moment, before it is too late to do something: We arrived just in time for the show I'm glad you got here in time to see Julie before she goes. The plane is expected to arrive on time (= when scheduled).

time noun (OCCASION)

[C] an occasion or period, or the experience connected with it: This is a time to be serious. There were times when he almost gave up, but somehow he managed to survive. We visit my mother a few times a year. She takes the medicine three times a day. He was holding down three jobs at the same time. We had a good time at the party.


[C] (also times) a period in history: Indians since ancient times have ground their corn by hand.before your time Something or someone before your time happened or existed before you were born or were old enough to remember: The Beatles were way before my time.


verb [T]  us   /tɑɪm/

time verb [T] (MEASURE ON A CLOCK)

to arrange for something to happen at a specific moment: We timed our arrivals at the airport so that we could meet and share a taxi to the city.


to measure the seconds, minutes, and hours for something to happen or someone to do something: We ran two miles and were timed at 12 minutes and 30 seconds. You’ve got to time the roast or it will get overdone.
(Definition of time from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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