What is the pronunciation of time?
English definition of “time”
A2 [U] the part of existence that is measured in minutes, days, years, etc., or this process considered as a whole: He wants to spend more time with his family. Time passes so quickly when you're enjoying yourself. She grew more and more fascinated by the subject as time went on/by. The curtains have faded over/with time (= as years have gone past). You'll forget her in time (= in the future). Over the course of time (= as years have gone past), holes have formed in the rock. When Paula was ill, I took her some magazines to help her pass the time. If you'd taken more time with/over (= spent more time doing) this essay, you could have done it much better. It takes a long time (= many hours are needed) to get from London to Sydney. We'd save time on our journey (= it would be quicker) if we went by train. I only worked there for a short period of time. The kitchen clock is gaining/losing time (= is going fast/slow). My watch has never kept very good time (= been correct).Relating to time all the time A2 continuously: I wish you'd stop criticizing me all the time.Always and never in no time C1 (also in next to no time) › very quickly or very soon: The children ate their dinner in no time. We'll be home in next to no time.Hurrying and doing things quicklyBusy and active no time to lose › If you say there is or that you have no time to lose, it means that you must do quickly whatever it is that you want to do: Come on, there's no time to lose, we must get home before John finds out.Immediately for all time literary › always: I will love you for all time.Lasting for a long time of all time › that has ever lived or existed: She's been called the greatest singer of all time.Always and never
› an amount of time that you have available to do something: I don't know how you find time to do all the things you do. I thought we'd give her a bit more time (= allow her more time) to get the job done. I'd like to visit them all but time is short (= there is little time left). have time B1 If you have time, you have enough time to do something: We don't have much time before the train leaves. Do you have time for a quick drink after work? I'd like to learn to sail, but I haven't the time (= I am too busy). [+ to infinitive] I don't have time to go to the shops today.Relating to time waste time A2 to not make good use of the hours, etc. that you have available: If you'd got on with your work instead of wasting time chatting, you'd be finished by now.Delaying and wasting time run out of time B1 to not have enough hours, etc. available to finish something you are trying to do: She ran out of time and didn't finish the last question.Spending time and time passing be (all) out of time › to not have enough minutes, etc. available: I'd like to continue this discussion but we're all out of time.Scarce, inadequate and not enoughLacking things time's up informal › there are no more minutes, hours, etc. available: OK, everyone, time's up for this week.Expressions telling people to stop doing something time added on › a period of time added to the end of a football match because play was stopped during the game, usually to take care of players who were hurt : His goal in the third minute of time added on sealed the match.
A2 [C] an occasion when something happens, or the experience connected with it: The last time we went to Paris, it rained every day. Every time/Each time I ask you to do something you say you're busy. They go swimming three or four times a week. There are times when I wish I didn't live where I do. The four-times (US four-time) champion (= the champion on four occasions in the past) was defeated in the second round. If I'd known at the time (= then) that she was his former wife, I'd never have said what I did. Sometimes I enjoy my English lessons, but at other times I find them really boring. For the umpteenth/hundredth/thousandth time, (= I've told you on many occasions to) stop hitting your sister. Did you have a bad/good time (= an unpleasant/enjoyable experience) at the conference? She had an easy/hard time of it (= a comfortable/uncomfortable experience) with the birth of her second baby.Points in timeExperiencing and suffering from time to time B2 sometimes, but not often: From time to time I still think of her.Rarely and infrequently time after time C2 again and again: Time after time she gets involved in relationships with unsuitable men.Continually and repeatedly time and (time) again › very often: I've told you time and time again - look before you cross the road.Continually and repeatedly at all times › continuously: When you're at the airport, you should make sure you have your luggage with you at all times.Always and never at (any) one time (also at a time, also at any given time) › at or during any particular point or moment in the day: Only a certain number of people are allowed in the building at any one time. I'm sorry, but I'm too busy to help you now - I can only do one thing at a time.Points in time at times C1 sometimes: You can be really annoying at times, you know.Rarely and infrequently at any time › ever: Parking is not allowed here at any time.Always and never the times UK › on many occasions: The times I've told you, ask before you borrow my clothes.Continually and repeatedly
do time informal › to spend a period of time in prison: It's not always easy to find a job after you've done time.Putting people in prison