What does time mean?

Definitions for time

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word time.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. time, clip(noun)

    an instance or single occasion for some event

    "this time he succeeded"; "he called four times"; "he could do ten at a clip"

  2. time(noun)

    a period of time considered as a resource under your control and sufficient to accomplish something

    "take time to smell the roses"; "I didn't have time to finish"; "it took more than half my time"

  3. time(noun)

    an indefinite period (usually marked by specific attributes or activities)

    "he waited a long time"; "the time of year for planting"; "he was a great actor in his time"

  4. time(noun)

    a suitable moment

    "it is time to go"

  5. time(noun)

    the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past

  6. time(noun)

    a person's experience on a particular occasion

    "he had a time holding back the tears"; "they had a good time together"

  7. clock time, time(noun)

    a reading of a point in time as given by a clock

    "do you know what time it is?"; "the time is 10 o'clock"

  8. fourth dimension, time(noun)

    the fourth coordinate that is required (along with three spatial dimensions) to specify a physical event

  9. meter, metre, time(noun)

    rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration

  10. prison term, sentence, time(verb)

    the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned

    "he served a prison term of 15 months"; "his sentence was 5 to 10 years"; "he is doing time in the county jail"

  11. clock, time(verb)

    measure the time or duration of an event or action or the person who performs an action in a certain period of time

    "he clocked the runners"

  12. time(verb)

    assign a time for an activity or event

    "The candidate carefully timed his appearance at the disaster scene"

  13. time(verb)

    set the speed, duration, or execution of

    "we time the process to manufacture our cars very precisely"

  14. time(verb)

    regulate or set the time of

    "time the clock"

  15. time(verb)

    adjust so that a force is applied and an action occurs at the desired time

    "The good player times his swing so as to hit the ball squarely"


  1. time(Noun)

    The inevitable progression into the future with the passing of present events into the past.

  2. time(Noun)

    A quantity of availability of duration.

  3. time(Noun)

    A measurement of a quantity of time; a numerical or general indication of a length of progression.

  4. time(Noun)

    The serving of a prison sentence.

  5. time(Noun)

    How much of a day has passed; the moment, as indicated by a clock or similar device.

  6. time(Noun)

    A particular moment or hour; the appropriate moment or hour for something (especially with prepositional phrase or imperfect subjunctive).

  7. time(Noun)

    The measurement under some system of region of day or moment.

    Let's synchronize our watches so we're not on different time.

  8. time(Noun)

    A numerical indication of a particular moment.

  9. time(Noun)

    An instance or occurrence.

  10. time(Verb)

    To measure seconds, hours etc passed, especially using a clock of some kind.

  11. time(Verb)

    To choose how long something lasts.

  12. time(Noun)

    Ratio of comparison.

  13. time(Noun)

    An experience.

    We had a wonderful time at the party.

  14. time(Noun)

    An era; (with the, sometimes in plural) the current era, the current state of affairs.

  15. time(Noun)

    A person's youth or young adulthood, as opposed to the present day.

    In my time, we respected our elders.

  16. time(Interjection)

    reminder by the umpire for the players to continue playing after their pause

Webster Dictionary

  1. Time(noun)

    duration, considered independently of any system of measurement or any employment of terms which designate limited portions thereof

  2. Time(noun)

    a particular period or part of duration, whether past, present, or future; a point or portion of duration; as, the time was, or has been; the time is, or will be

  3. Time(noun)

    the period at which any definite event occurred, or person lived; age; period; era; as, the Spanish Armada was destroyed in the time of Queen Elizabeth; -- often in the plural; as, ancient times; modern times

  4. Time(noun)

    the duration of one's life; the hours and days which a person has at his disposal

  5. Time(noun)

    a proper time; a season; an opportunity

  6. Time(noun)

    hour of travail, delivery, or parturition

  7. Time(noun)

    performance or occurrence of an action or event, considered with reference to repetition; addition of a number to itself; repetition; as, to double cloth four times; four times four, or sixteen

  8. Time(noun)

    the present life; existence in this world as contrasted with immortal life; definite, as contrasted with infinite, duration

  9. Time(noun)


  10. Time(noun)

    the measured duration of sounds; measure; tempo; rate of movement; rhythmical division; as, common or triple time; the musician keeps good time

  11. Time(verb)

    to appoint the time for; to bring, begin, or perform at the proper season or time; as, he timed his appearance rightly

  12. Time(verb)

    to regulate as to time; to accompany, or agree with, in time of movement

  13. Time(verb)

    to ascertain or record the time, duration, or rate of; as, to time the speed of horses, or hours for workmen

  14. Time(verb)

    to measure, as in music or harmony

  15. Time(verb)

    to keep or beat time; to proceed or move in time

  16. Time(verb)

    to pass time; to delay


  1. Time

    Time is an American weekly news magazine published in New York City. It was founded in 1923 and for decades dominated by Henry Luce, who built a highly profitable stable of magazines. A European edition is published in London and also covers the Middle East, Africa and, since 2003, Latin America. An Asian edition is based in Hong Kong. The South Pacific edition, covering Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, is based in Sydney. In December 2008, Time discontinued publishing a Canadian advertiser edition. Time has the world's largest circulation for a weekly news magazine, and has a readership of 25 million, 20 million of which are in the US. Richard Stengel has been the managing editor since May 2006.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Time

    tīm, n. a point at which, or period during which, things happen: a season or proper time: an opportunity: absolute duration: an interval: past time: the duration of one's life: allotted period: repetition of anything or mention with reference to repetition: musical measure, or rate of movement: a measured interval in verse: (gram.) the relation of a verb with regard to tense: the umpire's call in prize-fights, &c.: hour of travail: the state of things at any period, usually in pl.: the history of the world, as opposed to eternity: addition of a thing to itself.—v.t. to do at the proper season: to regulate as to time: (mus.) to measure.—v.i. to keep or beat time.—ns. Time′-ball, a ball arranged to drop from the summit of a pole at a particular time; Time′-bargain, a contract to buy or sell merchandise or stock at a certain time in the future.—adjs. Time′-beguil′ing, making the time pass quickly; Time′-bett′ering, improving the state of things as time goes on; Time′-bewast′ed (Shak.), wasted or worn by time.—ns. Time′-bill, a time-table; Time′-book, a book for keeping an account of the time men have worked; Time′-card, a card bearing a time-table: a card with blank spaces for workmen's hours, &c., being filled in; Time′-fuse, a fuse calculated to burn a definite length of time; Time′-gun, a gun which is fired by means of a mechanical contrivance and a current of electricity at a particular time.—adj. Time′-hon′oured, honoured for a long time: venerable on account of antiquity.—ns. Time′ist, Tim′ist, a musical performer in relation to his sense for time; Time′-keep′er, a clock, watch, or other instrument for keeping or marking time: one who keeps the time of workmen.—adj. Time′less, done at an improper time, unseasonable: (Shak.) done before the proper time.—adv. Time′lessly, before the proper time: unseasonably.—n. Time′liness.—adj. Time′ly, in good time: sufficiently early: (obs.) keeping time.—adv. early, soon.—adjs. Time′ly-part′ed (Shak.), having died in time—i.e. at a natural time; Time′ous, in Scot. legal phraseology, in good time: seasonable.—adv. Time′ously, in good time.—ns. Time′piece, a piece of machinery for keeping time, esp. a clock for a mantel-piece; Time′-pleas′er (Shak.), one who complies with prevailing opinions, whatever they be; Time′-serv′er, one who serves or meanly suits his opinions to the times.—adj. Time′-serving, complying with the spirit of the times or with present power.—n. mean compliance with the spirit of the times or with present power.—ns. Time′-tā′ble, a table or list showing the times of certain things, as trains, steamers, &c.; Time′-thrust<

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. time

    1. The press-agent of genius. 2. An eternal guest that banquets on our ideals and bodies. 3. In the theater of the gods a moving-picture film that reproduces the cosmic comedy. 4. A metaphysical entity that made the Ingersoll watch a physical possibility. 5. A loafer playing at tenpins. 6. An illusion--to orators. 7. The solvent and the dissolver of all. (Time was anciently symbolized by Kronos; today it is symbolized by the mystical syllables, So-Much-Per. The word has also undergone strange etymological changes. Anciently, time was singular, but since the advent of the Unions, we have "time and a third," "double time," etc.)

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Time

    The dimension of the physical universe which, at a given place, orders the sequence of events. (McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 6th ed)

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. time

    The measure of duration by which soldiers regulate the cadence of the march. Common time, the ordinary time of marching, in which 90 steps, each 28 inches in length, are taken in one minute. See Double-quick, and Quick Time.

  2. time

    That necessary interval between each motion in the manual exercise, as well as in every movement the army or any body of men may make. In fencing there are three kinds of time: that of the sword, that of the foot, and that of the whole body.

  3. time

    A particular period or part of duration, whether past, present, or future.

Editors Contribution

  1. Time

    Learn from yesterday Live for today Hope for tomorrow.

    Submitted by anonymous on July 14, 2020  
  2. Time

    Yesterday is history Tomorrow is a mystery Today is the present.

    Submitted by anonymous on July 6, 2020  
  3. time

    A known unit or quantity of existence.

    Time is a structure to give us routine and goals.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 22, 2020  

Suggested Resources

  1. time

    Song lyrics by time -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by time on the Lyrics.com website.

  2. TIME

    What does TIME stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the TIME acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'time' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #66

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'time' in Written Corpus Frequency: #93

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'time' in Nouns Frequency: #1

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'time' in Verbs Frequency: #938

Anagrams for time »

  1. mite

  2. emit

  3. item

How to pronounce time?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say time in sign language?

  1. time


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of time in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of time in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of time in a Sentence

  1. Novak Djokovic:

    I will probably understand more fully all these achievements when I retire and have a little more time and space.

  2. Nate Jones:

    The most important claim Hillary Clinton made on Tuesday was that emails were captured and preserved in real time. Knowing how far government email systems lag behind those everyone else uses, it was extremely doubtful this was actually the case, the inspector general's report confirmed that just.00006 percent of State Department emails were saved, so it's very unlikely the people Hillary Clinton relied upon to save Hillary Clinton records did.

  3. Jessica Walter:

    But it's hard because honestly, Jason Bateman -LRB- @batemanjason -RRB- says this happens all the time, in like almost 60 years of working, I've never had anybody yell at me like that on a set. And it's hard to deal with, but I'm over it now.

  4. Christina Aguilera:

    It became something that I didn't feel was what I had signed up for in season one, you realize it’s not about music. It’s about making good TV moments and massaging a story. The GRAMMY-winning singer says she felt restricted during her time on the show.

  5. Jason Ellis:

    By looking at how quickly REM occurs, you can tell a lot about a person, including whether they might get depression in a few weeks' time.

Images & Illustrations of time

  1. timetimetimetimetime

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for time

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for time »


Find a translation for the time definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Discuss these time definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"time." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 9 Aug. 2020. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/time>.

Are we missing a good definition for time? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for time:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.