time Definition

  • 1the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole
  • 2a point of time as measured in hours and minutes past midnight or noon
  • 3an instance or occasion of something happening or being done; an event or occurrence

Using time: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "time" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Time flies when you're having fun.

  • Example

    I don't have time to waste.

  • Example

    The train leaves at 3 o'clock.

  • Example

    It's time for dinner.

  • Example

    I had a great time at the party.

time Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for time

Antonyms for time

Idioms Using time

  • in a race against the clock; trying to do something before a deadline


    We're working against time to finish this project before the deadline.

  • outdated or old-fashioned


    His ideas are behind the times and no longer relevant.

  • kill time

    spend time doing something unimportant or boring while waiting for something else to happen


    We played cards to kill time while waiting for the rain to stop.

Phrases with time

  • time is a valuable resource that should not be wasted


    I can't stay here all day. Time is money, you know.

  • repeatedly; on many occasions


    Time after time, he has proven himself to be unreliable.

  • very quickly or soon


    He finished the project in no time at all.

Origins of time

from Old English 'tīma', related to 'tīd' (tide, season)


Summary: time in Brief

The term 'time' [taɪm] refers to the indefinite progress of existence and events, measured in hours and minutes, and instances or occasions of events. It is used in phrases like 'time is money,' emphasizing its value, and idioms like 'against time,' denoting a race against a deadline. 'Time' also appears in expressions like 'in no time,' meaning very quickly, and 'behind the times,' indicating outdatedness.

How do native speakers use this expression?