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Definition of time verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    time

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//taɪm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//taɪm//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they time
    BrE BrE//taɪm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//taɪm//
     
    he / she / it times
    BrE BrE//taɪmz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//taɪmz//
     
    past simple timed
    BrE BrE//taɪmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//taɪmd//
     
    past participle timed
    BrE BrE//taɪmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//taɪmd//
     
    -ing form timing
    BrE BrE//ˈtaɪmɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtaɪmɪŋ//
     
     
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    arrange time
  1. 1[often passive] to arrange to do something or arrange for something to happen at a particular time time something (for something) She timed her arrival for shortly after 3. Their request was badly timed (= it was made at the wrong time). ‘I hope we're not too early.’ ‘You couldn't have timed it better!’ time something to do something Publication of his biography was timed to coincide with his 70th birthday celebrations.
  2. measure time
  3. 2to measure how long it takes for something to happen or for somebody to do something time something (at something) The winner was timed at 20.4 seconds. ‘How long does it take to get to Leeds from here?’ ‘I don’t know, I’ve never timed it.’ time how long… Time how long it takes you to answer the questions.
  4. in sport
  5. 3time something to hit or kick a ball at a particular moment in a sports game She timed the pass perfectly. a beautifully timed shot
  6. see also ill-timed, mistime, timing, well timed
    Word Origin Old English tīma, of Germanic origin; related to tide, which it superseded in temporal senses. The earliest of the current verb senses (dating from late Middle English) is ‘do (something) at a particular moment’.Extra examples The meeting is timed for 3 o’clock. The schedule must be carefully timed. The show is timed to coincide with the launch of her new book. This campaign is well timed. We had timed our arrival to perfection. a beautifully timed entrance ‘I hope we’re not too early?’ ‘No, you couldn’t have timed it better!’ Publication of the book was timed to coincide with his 70th birthday celebrations. The request was badly timed. Phrasal Verbstime out
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