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noun (SUITABLE POINT)    /taɪm/
B1 [S or U] a particular point of the day, year, etc. that is suitable for a particular activity, or at which something is expected to happen: holiday time party time Put your toys away now - it's time for bed. It's time (that) I was leaving. [+ to infinitive] Is it time to go home yet? This is not the time (= not a suitable moment) to be thinking about buying a house. This is no time (= not a suitable moment) to change your mind. I feel that the time has come (= now is a suitable moment) for me to move on. The repairs to the road were finished two weeks ahead of time (= sooner than was expected). Why is it that the trains never run on time (= make their journeys in the expected number of hours, etc.)? She's grown old before her time (= sooner than she might have been expected to have done).Points in time in time B1 early enough: I got home just in time - it's starting to rain. If we don't hurry up, we won't be in time to catch the train. We arrived in good time (= we arrived early) for the start of the match.At the right time (bang/dead/right) on time informal happening or done at the particular moment that it was expected to happen or be done: The bus arrived dead on time.At the right time ahead of time mainly US earlier than a particular moment: Let's meet for lunch. I'll call you ahead of time to fix up exactly when and where.Before, after and alreadyAfter and behind about time C1 (also high time) informal If it is about time/high time that someone did something, it should have been done sooner or a long time ago: It's about time (that) the school improved its meals service. It is high time for the critics to open their minds to a new approach.Late about time (too) (also not before time) informal said when someone does something or something happens that you think should have been done or have happened much sooner: "So Ben's finally found a job." "Yes, and about time too."Late Grammar:It’s timeWe can use the expression it’s time + subject + past verb form to refer to the present moment:See moreGrammar: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 (SUITABLE POINT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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