1) [U] the quantity that is measured in minutes, hours, days, years etcEinstein tried to define the relationship between space and time.[/ex]Time seemed to pass more quickly than before.[/ex]2) [singular/U] the hours, minutes etc as shown on a clockDo you know what time it is?[/ex]What time does the show start?[/ex]Can your daughter tell the time yet (= is she able to say what time is shown on a clock)?[/ex]3) [C/U] a particular period of minutes, hours, days, years etcShe thought about it for a long time.[/ex]She left a short time ago.[/ex]How much time did it take to get here?[/ex]I've been thinking of changing my job for some time (= for a fairly long time).[/ex]There have been improvements in the length of time patients have to wait for treatment.[/ex]4) [C] an occasion on which you do something or on which something happensIt was the first time we'd met.[/ex]The next time you need financial advice, come and see me.[/ex]Did you have a good time at camp?[/ex]5) [singular/U] the moment or situation when something happensI was still living with my parents at that time.[/ex]By the time we arrived, the other guests were already there.[/ex]When would be a good time to discuss the proposal?[/ex]It seemed like the right time to make the change.[/ex]6) [U] the particular point when something should happenIs it closing time already?[/ex]Come on, everyone. It's time for dinner.[/ex]Did your plane arrive on time?[/ex]It's time you children went to bed.[/ex]7) [U] time that you have available for doing something inShe will have less time to spend with family and friends now.[/ex]Come and see me next week, if you get the time.[/ex]I should be able to find time to phone him tomorrow.[/ex]8) [C] a period in history or in someone's lifeThe fort was built in Roman times.[/ex]a time of political instability[/ex]I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a teacher.[/ex]9) [C] the amount of time that someone takes to finish a raceShe's cut two seconds off her previous best time.[/ex]•about time — 1) spokenused for showing that you are annoyed because something has happened later than it should[/ex]Here they are, and about time too.[/ex]
— 2) used for saying that someone should do something soonIsn't it about time we got a new car?[/ex]ahead of time — at an earlier time than people expected[/ex]ahead of your/its etc time — much more modern or advanced than most other people or things[/ex]As an artist, he was years ahead of his time.[/ex]all the time — 1) often[/ex]It's a very good restaurant. We go there all the time.[/ex]
— 2) continuouslyIt rained all the time they were there.[/ex]at a time — used for saying how many things there are in each group or on each occasion[/ex]Deal with each question separately, one at a time.[/ex]at all times — formal always[/ex]Please keep your bags with you at all times.[/ex]at one time — in the past, but not now[/ex]At one time, that kind of thing would have made me really angry.[/ex]at times — sometimes but not often[/ex]She was fun to be with at times.[/ex]before your time — used for saying that you are too young to remember something[/ex]These styles were a bit before my time.[/ex]for days/weeks etc at a time — continuously for a period of several days/weeks etc[/ex]for the time being — at the present time, but not permanently[/ex]from time to time — sometimes, but not often[/ex]have no time for — to dislike someone or something[/ex]in no time (at all); in next to no time — very soon or very quickly[/ex]in time — 1) early enough to do something[/ex]I want to be home in time for dinner.[/ex]We got to the airport just in time.[/ex]in time to do sth Luckily, they got there in time to warn him about what had happened.[/ex]
— 2) after a fairly long period of timeHe'll forget about it in time.[/ex]most of the time — usually, or very often[/ex]of all time — used for talking about people or things that are better than all others that have existed[/ex]the greatest boxer of all time[/ex]take your time — 1) to spend too much time doing something[/ex]They're taking their time over that report, aren't they?[/ex]
— 2) spokenused for telling someone that they do not need to hurryYou don't have to do everything at once. Just take your time.[/ex]time after time; time and again — happening so often that you become annoyed[/ex]See:best,for,hard IIIverb [T]time [taɪm]1) to arrange something so that it happens at a particular timeThe exhibition has been timed to coincide with the publication of her new book.[/ex]2) to use a clock to measure how long something takes or how often something happensa simple device for timing the human heartbeat[/ex]
Dictionary for writing and speaking English. 2014.