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"timing" in British English

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timingnoun

uk   /ˈtaɪ.mɪŋ/  us   /ˈtaɪ.mɪŋ/
B2 [U or C] the ​time when something ​happens: "Are we too early?" "No, ​your timing is ​perfect - ​dinner is ​almostready." The ​bombcontained a timing device set to make it go off at ​rushhour.
timings [plural] Indian English
the ​hours when someone is usually at ​work, or when an ​office or ​business is ​open
[U] the ​ability to do something at ​exactly the ​righttime: To be a good ​tennisplayer, you have to have good timing.
[U] the ​ability to ​play or ​sing all the ​notes in a ​piece of ​music at the ​correctspeed and ​rhythm: There are one or two ​places where the timing isn't ​quiteright.

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

"timing" in American English

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timingnoun [U]

 us   /ˈtɑɪ·mɪŋ/
the ​ability to ​choose the ​rightmoment to do or say something, or the ​time when something ​happens: The ​difference between a ​joke told well and a ​joke told ​badly is the timing. The timing of the ​airlinestrike was ​bad for ​ourvacationplans.
(Definition of timing from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"timing" in Business English

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timingnoun

uk   us   /ˈtaɪmɪŋ/
[C or U] the ​time at which an ​activity or ​eventstarts or ​happens, or is ​planned to ​start or ​happen: Timing and ​location are crucial when ​opening a new ​business.the timing of sth The timing of the ​plant manager's ​departure came ​ahead of an ​investigation into ​safetymanagement at the ​site.
[C] the length of ​time an ​activity or ​eventtakes, or is ​planned to take: The ​job sheet ​includesdata and precise timings for every ​stage of the ​job.
[U] the fact of doing something at the ​righttime, or the ​ability to do this: bad/good/perfect timing There is a ​risk of ​bad timing - ​investing a ​lumpsum just before ​pricesfall.a matter/question/sense of timing Finding the ​rightsolution to the problem is partly a ​question of timing. Even ​fundmanagers can ​find it hard getting the timing ​right when it comes to making ​investment decisions.
(Definition of timing from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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