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Definition of time verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they time
    he / she / it times
    past simple timed
    -ing form timing
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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 someone to do something time something (at something) The winner was timed at 20.4 seconds. “How long does it take to get to Boise 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 sports
  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 see also ill-timed, mistime, timing, well-timed
  6. Phrasal Verbstime out
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: time