Translation of "time" - English-Italian dictionary


noun uk /taɪm/

A1 a particular point in the day or night

What time is it?
What time do you leave for work in the morning?

A2 [ no plural ] Time is what we measure in minutes, hours, days, etc.

He wants to spend more time with his family.

A2 a period of minutes, hours, years, etc.

I lived in Florida for a long time.

A2 an occasion when something happens

How many times have you been to Chicago?

A2 a period of time in the past

tempo, periodo, epoca
We were very young at the time.
the novel is set in the time of the Civil War.
Did you enjoy your time in Japan?
all the time

A2 very often

molto spesso
It happens all the time.
We go swimming all the time.
have time

A2 to have enough time to do something

avere il tempo
I never have time to eat breakfast.
have a good time

B1 to enjoy yourself

Did you have a good time in Florida?
it’s time for/to do something

B1 used to say that something should happen or be done now

è ora per/di fare qualcosa
It’s time to get up.
on time

B1 not early or late

in orario
I got to school on time.
in time

B1 early or at the right time

in tempo
We arrived in time to catch the train.
at the same time

B1 If two things happen at the same time, they happen together.

allo stesso tempo
We arrived at the same time.
two, three, four, etc. times

B1 used to say how much bigger, better, worse, etc. one thing is than another thing

due, tre, quattro volte, ecc.
Ben earns three times more than me.
Their house is three times larger than ours.
in a day’s, two months’, etc. time

B1 mainly UK a week, two months, etc. from now

fra un giorno, fra due mesi, ecc.
I have to go to the doctor again in a month’s time.
can tell the time

to be able to know what time it is by looking at a clock or watch

sapere dire che ore sono
can tell time

If someone can tell time, he or she can know what time it is by looking at a clock or watch

sapere dire che ore sono
in no time

very soon

in men che non si dica
We’ll be home in no time.
at times


a volte
At times, I wish I didn’t have to work.
from time to time

sometimes, but not often

di quando in quando
We go to the beach from time to time.
take your time

to do something without hurrying

fare senza fretta
The test will be difficult – take your time.
have time on your hands

to have nothing to do

avere del tempo a disposizione
Now that her children are all at school, Mary has found that she has time on her hands.
do time

to spend a period of weeks, months, years, etc. in prison

essere in prigione
It’s not easy to find a job after you’ve done time.

(Translation of “time noun” from the Cambridge English–Italian Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)