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time

noun (PERIOD)    /taɪm/
A2 [S or U] a particular period of time for which something has been happening , or that is needed for something: I enjoyed my course at first, but after a time I got bored with it. They stayed with us for a short time. That was the best restaurant I've been to for/in a long time (= a long period has gone past since I went to such a good restaurant ). It was some time ago that I last heard from her. We're going on holiday in two weeks ' time (= after two weeks have passed ). During her time (= while she was) in office , the prime minister introduced a large number of changes . What do you like doing in your spare / free time (= when you are not working )?Relating to time have/take time off to stop work , in order to do something else : I asked my boss if I could have some time off (from work ) to go to the dentist .Cancelling and interrupting for a time for a short period : For a time, we all thought that Sheila and Frank would get married .Short in timeTemporary for some time B2 for a fairly long period of time: I've been doing yoga for some time. for the time being C1 for a limited period : Leave the ironing for the time being - I'll do it later .NowUntil a particular moment 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.
(Definition of time noun (PERIOD) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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