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Meaning of “timeout” in the English Dictionary

"timeout" in British English

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timeoutnoun [C usually singular]

uk   us   /ˌtaɪmˈaʊt/
a ​shortperiod during a ​game in some ​sports when the ​playersstopplaying in ​order to ​rest, ​plan what they are going to do next, etc.: The ​coach called a timeout to ​discussstrategy. a ​shortperiod in which a ​child has to ​stop an ​activity as a ​punishment for ​behavingbadly : The little boy's ​mother gave him a timeout after he ​hit his ​friend.

timeoutexclamation, noun

uk   us   /ˌtaɪmˈaʊt/ US
used to ​tellpeople to ​stop what they are doing, ​especially when they are having a ​disagreement: OK, timeout, everyone, let's all ​quiet down and ​talk about this ​calmly.
(Definition of timeout from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"timeout" in American English

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timeoutnoun [C]

 us   /ˈtɑɪmˈɑʊt/
a ​shortofficialpause during a ​game when the ​playersplan what to do next
(Definition of timeout from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"timeout" in Business English

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timeoutnoun [C]

(also time-out) uk   us   /ˈtaɪmaʊt/
IT a ​situation in which a ​computerprogramstopsworking because an ​activity has taken too ​long: If an ​inactivity timeout occurs, you may need to ​sign back on to the ​server.
HR a ​situation in which someone has ​time away from ​work, for ​example, in ​order to ​look after their family or to do other things: For ​increasingnumbers of ​people, the ​linearcareer is now ​dead and ​careerinterruptions and time-outs are the new ​norm.
(Definition of timeout from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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