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noun (TIME AVAILABLE)    /taɪm/
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. Grammar:TimeTime is a noun with a number of meanings. In some senses it is countable, and in others it is uncountable. A good learner’s dictionary will give you its many meanings and tell you whether it is countable or uncountable.See more
(Definition of time noun (TIME AVAILABLE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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