Translation of "time" - English-Spanish dictionary


noun uk /taɪm/ us /tɑɪm/

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

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

todo el rato
It happens all the time.
We go swimming all the time.
have time

A2 to have enough time to do something

tener tiempo
I never have time to eat breakfast.
have a good time

B1 to enjoy yourself

pasarlo bien
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

es hora de (hacer) algo
It’s time to get up.
on time

B1 not early or late

puntual, a la hora
I got to school on time.
in time

B1 early or at the right time

a tiempo
We arrived in time to catch the train.
at the same time

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

al mismo tiempo
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

dos, tres, cuatro, etc. veces
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

dentro de un día, dos meses, etc.
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

saber decir la hora
can tell time

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

saber decir la hora
in no time

very soon

en un instante
We’ll be home in no time.
at times


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

sometimes, but not often

de vez en cuando
We go to the beach from time to time.
take your time

to do something without hurrying

tomarse uno el tiempo que necesita
The test will be difficult – take your time.
have time on your hands

to have nothing to do

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

cumplir una condena
It’s not easy to find a job after you’ve done time.
verb uk /taɪm/ us /tɑɪm/ present participle timing, past tense and past participle timed

to measure how long it takes for something to happen

It’s a good idea to time yourself on the exercises.
Have you timed the trip from New York to Philadelphia?

(Translation of “time” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


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

momento; hora
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

época, período; momentos
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.


the timeless beauty of Venice.
timelessly adverb

timelessness noun

timely adjective

coming at the right moment

Your arrival was most timely.
timeliness noun

the timeliness of her visit.
timer noun

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

a three-minute egg-timer.

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

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

a period; an era

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

coordinación, sentido del tiempo
All comedians should have a good sense of timing.
time bomb noun

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

bomba de relojería
time-consuming adjective

taking too much time to do

que exige/lleva mucho tiempo
a time-consuming process/job.
time limit noun

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

plazo límite
The examination has a time limit of three hours.
time off noun

a period of time away from work or studying

tiempo 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.

descanso, tiempo muerto

a short period of rest from an activity

pausa, descanso
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

cada cosa a su debido tiempo
Everything will be done all in good time.
all the time


todo el tiempo/rato, continuamente
It seems to rain all the time here.
at times

occasionally; sometimes

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

to be late

ir con retraso
We’re behind time so we’ll need to speed up a bit.
for the time being


por el momento
I am staying at home for the time being.
from time to time

occasionally; sometimes

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

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

a buena hora; con tiempo de sobra; temprano
We arrived in good time for the concert.
in time

early enough

a tiempo
He arrived in time for dinner
Are we in time to catch the train?

( with with) at the same speed or rhythm

al compás/ritmo de
They marched in time with the music.
no time (at all)

a very short time indeed

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

singly, or in groups of two etc

de uno/dos/tres … en uno/dos/tres
They came into the room three at a time.
on time

at the right time

a la hora, puntual
The train left on time.
save/waste time

to avoid spending time; to spend time unnecessarily

ganar/perder tiempo
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

tomarse su tiempo
Take your time – there’s no hurry.
time and (time) again

again and again; repeatedly

una y otra vez
I asked her time and (time) again not to do that.

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