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“timeout” in British English

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timeoutnoun [ C ]

us /ˈtɑɪmˈɑʊt/

a short official pause during a game when the players plan what to do next

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“timeout” in Business English

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timeoutnoun [ C ]

also time-out uk /ˈtaɪmaʊt/ us

IT a situation in which a computer program stops working 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 increasing numbers of people, the linear career is now dead and career interruptions and time-outs are the new norm.

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