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"downtime" in British English

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downtimenoun [U]

uk   /ˈdaʊn.taɪm/  us   /ˈdaʊn.taɪm/
the ​time during which a ​machine, ​especially a ​computer, is not ​working or is not ​able to be used
informal time when you ​relax and do not do very much: We had a ​busyweekend so I'm ​planning to have some downtime ​tomorrow.
(Definition of downtime from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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downtimenoun [C]

 us   /ˈdɑʊnˌtɑɪm/
the ​time during which a ​machine, esp. a ​computer, is not ​working or is not ​able to be used
Downtime for a ​person is a ​time when the ​person can ​relax: I have three ​kids, so downtime is ​scarce.
(Definition of downtime from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"downtime" in Business English

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downtimenoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈdaʊntaɪm/
IT the ​time during which a ​machine, especially a ​computer, is not ​working or is not able to be used: Slow ​downloadtimes, ​inadequatesecurity and ​website downtime can ​damage your ​businessplan.
PRODUCTION time when a ​business does not ​operate, for ​example when ​machinesbreak down or there is no ​work to do: For ​plantworkers who endured weeks of downtime last ​year, the ​rebound in the ​market is a ​bigrelief.
time when you ​relax and do not do very much, especially ​time when you are not at ​work: He wanted to be able to ​spend his downtime on the beach.
(Definition of downtime from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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