Focus on the pronunciation of time
English definition of “time”
› [S or U] the time shown on a clock or a watch: the time of sth The time of the meeting has been put back to 11.30 am. What time shall we start?
against time › if you do something against time, you have to work very hard to finish it by the agreed time or date: We are working against time to get the stadium finished for the opening ceremony.a race/battle/fight against time The race against time to stop deforestation has begun.
at all times formal › always or at any time of the day: Calls to other mobiles cost 40p a minute at all times. This exit must be kept clear at all times.
behind time › happening or being done later than expected: Trains are running behind time due to an accident on the line.
in good time › early, or allowing more than enough time for something to happen: Remember to send your tax form to us in good time.
a matter/question of time › used to say that something will happen in the future, probably quite soon: It may be just a matter of time until a budget airline introduces a crew-free plane. You'll find a job eventually - it's only a question of time.
nine times out of ten/99 times out of 100 › used to say that something nearly always happens in a particular way or nearly always produces a particular result: Nine times out of ten, if you propose an idea, someone will argue with it.
ten/20/100, etc. times better/bigger/worse, etc. › used when you compare two things to say how much better, bigger, worse, etc. something is than something else: The median wealth of people with ISAs is 20 times greater than that of the general population.
time is of the essence › used to say that you should not wait or waste time before doing something important or urgent: Environmentalists argue that time is of the essence in redirecting transportation money from roads to transit. → See also airtime, closing time, comp time, compensatory time, daylight saving time, dead time, delivery time, double time, downtime, drive time, dwell time, face time, GMT, lead time, lost time, new time, prime time, standard time