Definition of in time in English:

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in time

1Not late; punctual: I came back in time for Molly’s party
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  • It is thanks to this additional work that phase one of the roadworks is now scheduled to end in time for the Christmas rush.
  • The organisers of the protest now face a desperate rush over the next month to ensure that they are ready in time for the summit.
  • The service will be launched at the end of the summer in time for the winter surge, but registration begins next week.
early enough, in good time, punctually, promptly, on time, not too late, with time to spare, at the appointed/right time, on schedule
2Eventually: there is the danger that he might, in time, not be able to withstand temptation
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  • Chloe should, in time, give thanks for her deliverance from corporate clutches.
  • They'll skip it in time, tuning in only to the rage around the resplendence.
  • The tunes would come in time, but Flowers dealt with the wardrobe issue almost immediately.
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
3In accordance with the appropriate musical rhythm or tempo.
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  • A couple of horses grazed nearby, their tails swinging in time to the rhythm.
  • An articulated lorry pulled up alongside someway in time to the classical music on the radio.
  • This is one way of ensuring that the music will be played exactly in time.
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