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English definition of “timeout”

timeout

noun [C] ( also time-out)
 
 
/ˈtaɪmaʊt/
IT a situation in which a computer program stops working because an activity has taken too long: If an inactivity timeout occurs, you may need to sign back on to the server.
HR a situation in which someone has time away from work, for example, in order to look after their family or to do other things: For increasing numbers of people, the linear career is now dead and career interruptions and time-outs are the new norm.
(Definition of timeout from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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