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time

noun     /taɪm/
HOURS/YEARS ETC [U] A2 Time is what we measure in minutes , hours , days , etc .: He wants to spend more time with his family . Time seems to pass so slowly when you're unhappy .Relating to time
PARTICULAR POINT [C, U] A1 a particular point in the day or night : What time is it? What time do you leave for school in the mornings ? Can you tell me the times of the trains to London, please ?Relating to timePoints in time
it's time (for/to do sth) used to say that something should happen or be done now: It's time to get up.Relating to time
in (good) time B1 early or at the right time: We arrived in time to catch the train .Relating to time
on time B1 not early or late: I got to school on time.Relating to time
can tell the time to be able to know what time it is by looking at a clock or watch Relating to time
PERIOD [no plural] A2 a period of minutes , hours , years , etc : I lived in Switzerland for a long time. It takes time (= takes a long time) to make friends at a new school .Relating to timePeriods of time - general words
have time B1 to have enough time to do something: Do you have time for a cup of coffee ? [+ to do sth] I never have time to eat breakfast .Relating to time
in no time very soon : We'll be home in no time.In the future and soon
OCCASION [C] A2 an occasion when something happens : Give me a call the next time you're in Seattle. I can't remember the last time we went away. How many times have you been to Germany?Occurring and happening
at the same time B1 If two things happen at the same time, they happen together: We arrived at the same time.Simultaneous and consecutiveOrder and sequence
one/two/six, etc at a time one/two/six, etc on one occasion : He carried the chairs , three at a time.Simultaneous and consecutiveOrder and sequence
time after time again and again on repeated occasions Continually and repeatedly
all the time A2 very often: "She's been late twice this week ." "It happens all the time."Always and neverFrequency and regularity - general words A2 during the whole of a period of time: He was ill all the time we were in Spain.Always and never
three/eight/nine, etc times B1 used to say how much bigger / better / worse , etc one thing is than another thing: Ben earns three times more than me.General words for size and amountNumbering and counting
in a day's/two months', etc time B1 a day /two months , etc from now: I have to go to the doctor again in a month's time.Relating to timeIn the future and soon
at times sometimes: At times, I wish I didn't have to go to school .Rarely and infrequently
for the time being for now but not permanently : I'm living with my parents for the time being.NowUntil a particular moment
IN THE PAST [C] B2 a period of time in the past: Did you enjoy your time in Japan?Relating to timeHistoryPeriods of time - general words
at one time at a time in the past: At one time, you could drive without taking a driving test .In the past
before sb's time before someone was born Relating to timeBefore, after and alreadyAfter and behind
from time to time B2 sometimes, but not often: I still see my ex-boyfriend from time to time.Rarely and infrequently
RACE [C] the amount of time that someone takes in a race : a winning time of three minutes Relating to timeCompetitions, and parts of competitionsSpecific periods of time
IN A PLACE [U] the time in a particular place : The plane arrives at 20.50, New York time.Relating to time
→ See also half-time, local time, in the nick of time, night-time, prime time, a race against time/the clock, be ahead of your time, behind the times, bide your time, give sb a hard time, have no time for sb/sth, kill time, play for time, take your time
(Definition of time noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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