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Synonyms of time in English:


  • 1 what time is it?
    dated o'clock
  • 2 late at night was the best time to leave
    moment, point, point in time, occasion, hour, minute, second, instant, juncture, stage, phase
  • 3 he worked there for a time
    while, spell, stretch, stint, span, season, interval, period, period of time, length of time, duration, run, space, phase, stage, term
    British informal patch
  • 4 in the time of the dinosaurs
    era, age, epoch, period, aeon, years, days;
    generation, date
  • 5 I've known a lot of women in my time
    lifetime, life, life span, allotted span, days, time on earth, existence, threescore years and ten;
    this mortal coil
    informal born days
  • 6 he had been a professional actor in his time
    heyday, day, hour, prime, best days/years, youth, vigour, springtime, salad days, maturity
  • 7 he would have a hard time in prison
    situation, state of affairs, experience, life, way of life;
    conditions, circumstances, affairs, surroundings, environment, context, background, ambience, atmosphere
  • 8 tunes in waltz time
    rhythm, tempo, beat, pulse, flow;
    metre, measure, cadence, pattern;
    accent, stress
  • Phrases

    ahead of time
    the bridge was declared ready seven months ahead of time
    [Antonyms] behind time, late
    early, earlier than expected, earlier than required, in good time, with time to spare, timely, in advance, sooner, in readiness, already
    ahead of one's/its time
    he broke all the rules and achieved an effect that was way ahead of its time
    [Antonyms] behind the times
    ultra-modern, advanced, highly developed, the latest, new, the newest, up to the minute
    all the time
    he works all the time
    [Antonyms] never, intermittently
    constantly, the entire time, around the clock, day and night, night and day, {morning, noon, and night}, {day in, day out}, at all times, always, without a break, ceaselessly, endlessly, incessantly, perpetually, permanently, interminably, unceasingly, continuously, continually, eternally, unremittingly, remorselessly, relentlessly
    informal 24/7
    archaic without surcease
    at one time
  • 1 she was a nurse at one time
    formerly, previously, once, in the past, at one point, at some point, once upon a time, time was when, in days/times gone by, in times past, in the (good) old days, back in the day, long ago
    literary in days/times of yore, of yore
    archaic sometime, erst, erstwhile, whilom
    [Antonyms] never
  • 2 several matches were going on at one time
    simultaneously, at once, at the same time, at one and the same time, at the same instant/moment, concurrently, concomitantly;
    together, all together, alongside each other, in unison, in concert, in chorus, as a group
    [Antonyms] separately, consecutively
  • at the same time
  • 1 they arrived at the same time
    simultaneously, at the same instant/moment, together, all together, as a group, at once, at one and the same time, at one time, concurrently, concomitantly, alongside each other, in unison, in concert, in chorus
    [Antonyms] separately, consecutively
  • 2 I can't really explain it, but at the same time I'm not convinced
    nevertheless, nonetheless, even so, however, but, still, yet, though, be that as it may, for all that, in spite of that/everything, despite that/everything, after everything, having said that, just the same, all the same, in any event, come what may, at any rate, notwithstanding, regardless, anyway, anyhow
    informal still and all
  • at times
    she is at times cruel and ruthless
    [Antonyms] constantly
    rare interruptedly
    behind time
    she was behind time and had to rush
    [Antonyms] ahead of time, early
    late, not on time, behind, behind schedule, behind target, behindhand, delayed, running late, overdue, belated, tardy, unpunctual;
    slow, dilatory
    behind the times
    the children considered Dad to be behind the times
    [Antonyms] up to date, ahead of one's time
    old-fashioned, outmoded, out of fashion, out of date, unfashionable, frumpish, frumpy, out of style, outdated, dated, out, outworn, old, former, dead, musty, old-time, old-world, behindhand, past, bygone, archaic, obsolescent, obsolete, ancient, antiquated, superannuated;
    defunct, medieval, prehistoric, antediluvian, old-fogeyish, old-fangled, conservative, backward-looking, quaint, anachronistic, crusted, feudal, fusty, moth-eaten, olde worlde;
    informal old hat, square, not with it, out of the ark, creaky, clunky, mouldy
    North American informal horse-and-buggy, rinky-dink, mossy
    archaic square-toed
    for the time being
    the sale has been cancelled for the time being, at least until prices recover
    [Antonyms] permanently
    for now, for the moment, for the present, in the interim, for the nonce, in/for the meantime, in the meanwhile;
    for a short time, for a short/little while, briefly, momentarily, fleetingly;
    informal for the minute
    Latin pro tempore, ad interim;
    French en attendant
    from time to time
    all children act up from time to time
    [Antonyms] constantly
    rare interruptedly
    in no time
    you'll have perfect-looking skin in no time I can run there and back in no time
    [Antonyms] not for a while, slowly
    (very) soon, in a second, in a minute, in a moment, in a trice, in a flash, shortly, any second, any minute, any minute now, in a short time, in an instant, in less than no time, in no time at all, in next to no time, before you know it, before long;
    (very) quickly, rapidly, swiftly, at the speed of light;
    suddenly, immediately, instantly, instantaneously, promptly, without delay, post-haste;
    North American  momentarily
    British informal in a tick, in two ticks, in a mo
    North American informal in a snap
    in good time
    we'll be there in good time
    [Antonyms] late
    punctual(ly), prompt(ly), on time;
    early, with time to spare, ahead of time, before the appointed time, ahead of schedule
    in time
  • 1 I came back in time for Molly's party
    early enough, in good time, punctually, promptly, on time, not too late, with time to spare, at the appointed/right time, on schedule
    [Antonyms] late
  • 2 the attraction of the uniform palled, and, in time, she left the service
    eventually, ultimately, finally, in the end, as time goes on/by, by and by, one day, some day, sooner or later, in a while, after a bit, in the long run, in the fullness of time, when all is said and done, at a later time, at a later date, at length, at a future time/date, at some point in the future, in the future, in time to come, in due course
    [Antonyms] never
  • many a time
    many a time they had gone to bed hungry
    [Antonyms] occasionally
    frequently, often, repeatedly, again and again, over and over (again), time and (time) again, time after time, many times, on many occasions, many times over;
    {day in, day out}, day after day, {week in, week out}, night and day, all the time;
    North American  oftentimes;
    Latin ad nauseam
    literary many a time and oft, oft, oft-times
    on time
    the train was on time we paid our bills on time
    [Antonyms] late
    punctual(ly), prompt(ly), in time, in good time, to/on schedule, when expected, timely, well timed
    informal on the dot
    British informal bang/spot on time
    time after time
    the camera produces excellent results time after time
    [Antonyms] sporadically, never
    repeatedly, again and again, over and over (again), time and (time) again, frequently, often, many times, many a time, on many occasions, many times over;
    {day in, day out}, day after day, {week in, week out}, night and day, all the time;
    North American  oftentimes;
    Latin ad nauseam
    literary many a time and oft, oft, oft-times


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  • 1 his meeting had been timed for three o'clock
    schedule, set, set up, arrange, organize, fix, fix up, fix a time for, book, line up, slot in, prearrange, timetable, bill, programme, plan;
    North American  slate
  • 2 I had timed my arrival just about perfectly
    regulate, adjust, calculate, set, synchronize
  • 3 he timed it—it took two minutes and forty-three seconds
    measure, put a stopwatch on, meter, count
    informal clock
  • Word links

    chronological, horological, temporal1 relating to time
    chrono- related prefix, as in chronograph
    horology study of time
    chronometry, horology measurement of time
    chronophobia fear of time
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