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noun (PARTICULAR POINT)    /taɪm/
A1 [C or S or U] a particular point in the day, as expressed in hours and minutes or shown on a clock, or a particular point in time: "What's the time?" "It's ten o'clock." What time is it? What time do you finish work? Have you got the time? (= Do you know what time it is?) He's teaching his daughter to tell the time (= to recognize what time it is by looking at a clock). Did you find out the times of the trains to London? The estimated time of arrival/departure of this flight is 11.15. Oh dear, is that the (right) time? (= is it really so late?) We always have dinner at the same time every day. I was exhausted by the time (= when) I got home. When would be a good time for me to call you? "What would be the best time of day for us to deliver the table?" "Oh, any time will be OK." Today's temperatures will be normal for the time of year (= will be as they are expected to be in this season). Just think, this time (= at the same particular point during) next week we'll be in Mauritius. We regret that at the present time (US also at this time) we are unable to supply the goods you ordered. The time is fast drawing near/approaching (= it will soon be the time) when we'll have to make a decision.Points in time at the time A2 at the particular point when something was thought of or done: It seemed like a good idea at the time.In the past at the same time B1 If two things happen at the same time, they happen together: We arrived at the same time. at your time of life at a person's present age: At his time of life, he ought to be taking things easy.Describing age and birthdays 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 moreGrammar:Time: seconds, minutes, hours, yearsWe use time to refer to what is measured in seconds, minutes, hours and years as a whole. In this sense it is uncountable:See moreGrammar:Time: talking about clock or calendar timeWhen we talk about specific clock times, time is countable. We do not say hour:See moreGrammar:On time and in timeWe use on time to talk about timetabled events. If something is on time, it means that it is at the scheduled time. We often use right on time or, more informally, dead on time or bang on time, for emphasis:See moreGrammar:Time: referring to past eventsWe often use expressions with time to refer to past events (the time, the time that, the time when):See moreGrammar:Telling the timeSee more
(Definition of time noun (PARTICULAR POINT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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