Translation of "time" - English-French dictionary


noun /taim/

the hour of the day

What time is it?
Can your child tell the time yet?

the passage of days, years, events etc

time and space
Time will tell.

a point at which, or period during which, something happens

moment, époque
at the time of his wedding
breakfast time.

the quantity of minutes, hours, days etc, eg spent in, or available for, a particular activity etc

This won’t take much time to do
I enjoyed the time I spent in Paris
At the end of the exam, the supervisor called ‘Your time is up!’

a suitable moment or period

Now is the time to ask him.

one of a number occasions

He’s been to France four times.

a period characterized by a particular quality in a person’s life, experience etc

période, temps
He went through an unhappy time when she died
We had some good times together.

the speed at which a piece of music should be played; tempo

in slow time.
timeless adjective

not belonging to, or typical of, any particular time

timeless works of art.


éter- nel
the timeless beauty of Venice.
timelessly adverb

de façon intemporelle; éternel- lement
timelessness noun

intemporalité; éternité
timely adjective

coming at the right moment

Your arrival was most timely.
timeliness noun

timer noun

a person who, or a device which, measures the time taken by anything

chronométreur/-euse; chronomètre
a three-minute egg-timer.

a clock-like device which sets something off or switches something on or off at a given time

A timer automatically switches off the computer after a certain amount of time.
times noun plural

a period; an era

période, temps (pl.)
We live in difficult times.

in mathematics, used to mean multiplied by

Four times two is eight.
timing noun

the measuring of the amount of time taken

The timing for this experiment has to be extremely accurate.

the regulating of speech or actions to achieve the best effect

All comedians should have a good sense of timing.
time bomb

a bomb that has been set to explode at a particular time.

bombe à retardement
time-consuming adjective

taking too much time to do

qui prend du temps; interminable
a time-consuming process/job.
time limit

a fixed length of time during which something must be done and finished

limitation de temps
The examination has a time limit of three hours.
time off noun

a period of time away from work or studying

congé; temps libre
She’s having some time off to look after her children.
time out noun


(in basketball etc) a short break requested by the coach to give instructions etc.

temps mort

a short period of rest from an activity

You should take some time out to relax.
timetable noun

a list of the times of trains, school classes etc

a bus/train timetable.
all in good time

soon enough

chaque chose en son temps
Everything will be done all in good time.
all the time


tout le temps
It seems to rain all the time here.
at times

occasionally; sometimes

At times he doesn’t seem to be paying attention in class.
be behind time

to be late

être en retard
We’re behind time so we’ll need to speed up a bit.
for the time being


pour le moment
I am staying at home for the time being.
from time to time

occasionally; sometimes

de temps en temps
From time to time he brings me a present.
in good time

early enough; before a set time (for an appointment etc)

à temps; en avance
We arrived in good time for the concert.
in time

early enough

à temps
He arrived in time for dinner
Are we in time to catch the train?

(with with) at the same speed or rhythm

en mesure
They marched in time with the music.
no time (at all)

a very short time indeed

rien de temps
The journey took no time (at all).
one/two etc at a time

singly, or in groups of two etc

(un, deux, etc.) à la fois
They came into the room three at a time.
on time

at the right time

à l’heure
The train left on time.
save/waste time

to avoid spending time; to spend time unnecessarily

gagner/perdre du temps
Take my car instead of walking, if you want to save time
We mustn’t waste time discussing unimportant matters.
take one’s time

to do something as slowly as one wishes

prendre son temps
Take your time – there’s no hurry.
time and (time) again

again and again; repeatedly

maintes et maintes fois
I asked her time and (time) again not to do that.

(Translation of “time” from the PASSWORD English–French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)