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time

noun (OCCASION)    /taɪm/
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 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 (OCCASION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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