Meaning of “timeline” in the English Dictionary

"timeline" in English

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timelinenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtaɪm.laɪn/ us /ˈtaɪm.laɪn/

a line that shows the time and the order in which events have happened

a plan that shows how long something will take or when things will happen

the part of a social media website where items that have been added by you, or that relate to you, are shown:

You can use these tools to control what you share on your profile and timeline.

(Definition of “timeline” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"timeline" in American English

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timelinenoun [ C ]

us /ˈtɑɪmˌlɑɪn/

a plan or idea of how much time something will or should take:

Despite the short timeline, supporters gathered enough signatures to get the measure on the ballot.

A timeline is also a written representation of a period of time, usually a line, that shows the order in which related events happened

(Definition of “timeline” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"timeline" in Business English

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timelinenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtaɪmlaɪn/ us GRAPHS & CHARTS

a plan or a line that shows the dates when the different stages of an activity or process should be completed:

The plan includes a timeline mapping when each step is to be accomplished.
There is no timeline in place for the state to offer tax breaks to the automaker to keep jobs in Ohio.
an ambitious/tight/detailed timeline
a timeline of events/actions/objectives
a timeline for sth Due to a shortage of funding, no timeline has been given for construction.
a timeline for doing sth Neither side seems ready to discuss a timeline for resuming talks on a possible five-year contract.
set/provide/establish a timeline (for sth) Yesterday, for the first time, the governor established a timeline for addressing the budget deficit.

(Definition of “timeline” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)