A2 [U] the part of existence that is measured in minutes, days, years, etc., or this process considered as a whole: He wants to spend more time with his family. Time passes so quickly when you're having fun. She grew more and more fascinated by the subject as time went on/by. The curtains have faded over/with time (= as years have gone past). You'll forget her in time (= in the future). Over the course of time (= as years have gone past), holes have formed in the rock. When Paula was ill, I took her some magazines to help her pass the time. If you'd taken more time with/over (= spent more time doing) this essay, you could have done it much better. It takes a long time (= many hours are needed) to get from London to Sydney. We'd save time on our journey (= it would be quicker) if we went by train. I only worked there for a short period of time. The kitchen clock is gaining/losing time (= is going fast/slow). My watch has never kept very good time (= been correct).all the time A2 continuously: I wish you'd stop criticizing me all the time.in no time C1 (also in next to no time) › very quickly or very soon: The kids ate their dinner in no time. We'll be home in next to no time.no time to lose › If you say there is or that you have no time to lose, it means that you must do quickly whatever it is that you want to do: Come on, there's no time to lose, we have to get home before John finds out.for all time literary › always: I will love you for all time.of all time › that has ever lived or existed: She's been called the greatest singer of all time.
› an amount of time that you have available to do something: I don't know how you find time to do all the things you do. I thought we'd give her a little more time (= allow her more time) to get the job done. I'd like to visit all the museums but time is short (= there is little time left).have time B1 If you have time, you have enough time to do something: We don't have much time before the train leaves. Do you have time for a quick drink after work? I'd like to learn to sail, but I don't have the time (= I am too busy). [+ to infinitive] I don't have time to go to the shops today.waste time A2 to not make good use of the hours, etc. that you have available: If you'd done your work instead of wasting time on your phone, you'd be finished by now.run out of time B1 to not have enough hours, etc. available to finish something you are trying to do: She ran out of time and didn't finish the last question.be (all) out of time › to not have enough minutes, etc. available: I'd like to continue this discussion but we're all out of time.time's up informal › there are no more minutes, hours, etc. available: OK, everyone, time's up for this week.time added on › UK (also injury time, stoppage time) a period of time added to the end of a football match because play was stopped during the game, usually to take care of players who were hurt: His goal in the third minute of time added on sealed the match.
A2 [C] an occasion when something happens, or the experience connected with it: The last time we went to Paris, it rained every day. Every time/Each time I ask you to do something you say you're busy. They go swimming three or four times a week. There are times when I wish I didn't live where I do. The four-times champion (= the champion on four occasions in the past) was defeated in the second round. If I'd known at the time (= then) that she was his former wife, I'd never have said what I did. Someti`mes I enjoy my English classes, but at other times I find them really boring. For the umpteenth/hundredth/thousandth time, (= I've told you on many occasions to) stop teasing your sister. Did you have a bad/good time (= an unpleasant/enjoyable experience) at the conference? She had an easy/hard time of it (= a comfortable/uncomfortable experience) with the birth of her second baby.from time to time B2 sometimes, but not often: From time to time I still think of her.time after time C2 again and again: Time after time she gets involved in relationships with the wrong men.time and (time) again › very often: I've told you time and time again - look before you cross the road.at all times › continuously: When you're at the airport, you should make sure you have your luggage with you at all times.at (any) one time (also at a time, also at any given time) › at or during any particular point or moment in the day: Only a certain number of people are allowed in the building at any one time. I'm sorry, but I'm too busy to help you now - I can only do one thing at a time.at times C1 sometimes: You can be really annoying at times, you know.at any time › ever: Parking is not allowed here at any time.the times UK › on many occasions: The times I've told you, ask before you borrow my clothes.
(MEASURE OF EXISTENCE)
› [U] the seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, etc., in which existence is measured, or the past, present, and future considered as a whole: I really don’t have time to call her today. The children spent most of their time outdoors. We’d save time (= It would be quicker) if we didn’t have to pick up Bobby on the way.› [U] If you waste time, you do not make good use of the amount of time available to you.
› [C/U] a particular period of seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, etc., during which something has been happening or is needed or available: [U] The kids are well-behaved most of the time. [C] She was very lonely at that time. [C] They talked for a long time. [U] She spent most of her free time listening to music. [C] It’s unusual to get snow at this time of year. [U] Those kids are over here all the time (= often or continuously).› [C/U] If you pass time, you do something while waiting for something else to happen: [U] While he was waiting, Joe passed the time looking through magazines.› [C/U] Your time in a race is the number of seconds, minutes, and hours you take to complete it: [C] The track was soft, and the times were slow.
› [S or U] the time shown on a clock or a watch: the time of sth The time of the meeting has been put back to 11.30 am. What time shall we start?
› [U] the time in one country or part of the world that is different from the time in another country or part of the world: The phone went on sale at 6 p.m. local time.
against time › if you do something against time, you have to work very hard to finish it by the agreed time or date: We are working against time to get the stadium finished for the opening ceremony.a race/battle/fight against time The race against time to stop deforestation has begun.
at all times formal › always or at any time of the day: Calls to other mobiles cost 40p a minute at all times. This exit must be kept clear at all times.
behind time › happening or being done later than expected: Trains are running behind time due to an accident on the line.
in good time › early, or allowing more than enough time for something to happen: Remember to send your tax form to us in good time.
a matter/question of time › used to say that something will happen in the future, probably quite soon: It may be just a matter of time until a budget airline introduces a crew-free plane. You'll find a job eventually - it's only a question of time.
nine times out of ten/99 times out of 100 › used to say that something nearly always happens in a particular way or nearly always produces a particular result: Nine times out of ten, if you propose an idea, someone will argue with it.
ten/20/100, etc. times better/bigger/worse, etc. › used when you compare two things to say how much better, bigger, worse, etc. something is than something else: The median wealth of people with ISAs is 20 times greater than that of the general population.
time is of the essence › used to say that you should not wait or waste time before doing something important or urgent: Environmentalists argue that time is of the essence in redirecting transportation money from roads to transit.