Definition of “downtime” - English Dictionary

“downtime” in British English

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downtimenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈdaʊn.taɪm/ us /ˈdaʊn.taɪm/

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

“downtime” in American English

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downtimenoun [ C ]

us /ˈdɑʊnˌtɑɪm/

the time during which a machine, esp. a computer, is not working or is not able to be used

Downtime for a person is a time when the person can relax:

I have three kids, so downtime is scarce.

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“downtime” in Business English

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downtimenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈdaʊntaɪm/ us

IT the time during which a machine, especially a computer, is not working or is not able to be used:

PRODUCTION time when a business does not operate, for example when machines break down or there is no work to do:

For plant workers who endured weeks of downtime last year, the rebound in the market is a big relief.

time when you relax and do not do very much, especially time when you are not at work:

He wanted to be able to spend his downtime on the beach.

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