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English noun: time

1. time (event) an instance or single occasion for some event

SamplesThis time he succeeded.
He called four times.
He could do ten at a clip.


Broader (hypernym)case, example, instance

2. time (time) a period of time considered as a resource under your control and sufficient to accomplish something

SamplesTake time to smell the roses.
I didn't have time to finish.
It took more than half my time.

Broader (hypernym)period, period of time, time period

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

SamplesHe waited a long time.
The time of year for planting.
He was a great actor in his time.

Broader (hypernym)period, period of time, time period

Narrower (hyponym)bit, day, dead, ephemera, hard times, incarnation, minute, mo, moment, patch, piece, second, space age, spell, wee, while

4. time (time) a suitable moment

SamplesIt is time to go.

Broader (hypernym)instant, minute, moment, second

Narrower (hyponym)high time, occasion

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

Broader (hypernym)attribute

Narrower (hyponym)biological time, civil time, continuance, continuum, cosmic time, daylight saving, daylight savings, daylight-saving time, daylight-savings time, duration, eternity, future, futurity, geologic time, geological time, GMT, Greenwich Mean Time, Greenwich Time, hereafter, infinity, local time, musical time, nowadays, past, past times, present, standard time, time to come, universal time, UT, UT1, yesteryear

6. time (event) a person's experience on a particular occasion

SamplesHe had a time holding back the tears.
They had a good time together.

Broader (hypernym)experience

7. time (time) a reading of a point in time as given by a clock

SamplesDo you know what time it is?.
The time is 10 o'clock.

Synonymsclock time

Broader (hypernym)indication, meter reading, reading

Narrower (hyponym)hour, prime time, SCLK, spacecraft clock time, time of day

Attributeantemeridian, postmeridian

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

Synonymsfourth dimension

Broader (hypernym)dimension

9. time (attribute) rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration

Synonymsmeter, metre

Broader (hypernym)rhythmicity

10. time (time) the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned

SamplesHe served a prison term of 15 months.
His sentence was 5 to 10 years.
He is doing time in the county jail.

Synonymsprison term, sentence

Broader (hypernym)term

Narrower (hyponym)hard time, life, life sentence

English verb: time

1. time (change) measure the time or duration of an event or action or the person who performs an action in a certain period of time

SamplesHe clocked the runners.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)measure, quantify

Narrower (hyponym)mistime

2. time (cognition) assign a time for an activity or event

SamplesThe candidate carefully timed his appearance at the disaster scene.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)schedule

3. time (cognition) set the speed, duration, or execution of

SamplesWe time the process to manufacture our cars very precisely.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)determine, influence, mold, regulate, shape

4. time (change) regulate or set the time of

SamplesTime the clock.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)adjust, correct, set

5. time (change) adjust so that a force is applied and an action occurs at the desired time

SamplesThe good player times his swing so as to hit the ball squarely.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)adjust, correct, set

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