Definition of time off in English:

time off

noun

  • Time for rest or recreation away from one's usual work or studies.

    ‘we're too busy to take time off’
    • ‘Owen says he would happily take time off to stay at home with the girls.’
    • ‘The problem with holidays is that you can't take time off without having to catch up afterwards.’
    • ‘There can be a lot of catching up to do and if you take time off then you can't go back in at the same level, because so much will have changed.’
    • ‘You also have to take time off during your study period so that you don't burn out.’
    • ‘Maternity leave will be transferable, so that the father can take time off.’
    • ‘Besides, Andrew points out, many people actually enjoy their work and don't want to be told when to take time off.’
    • ‘So we never tour for more than three or four weeks at a time, and then we take time off.’
    • ‘He was wanting me to tell him dates I would be wanting to take time off, so that his figures would balance.’
    • ‘When in place this law will allow employees to take time off from work on religious grounds - for instance to pray.’
    • ‘There is no express right for workers to take time off to attend a religious festival if it is not covered by statutory holidays.’
    • ‘My wife and I have a four week old and I had to take time off using my holiday entitlement.’
    • ‘Meanwhile Ms Roberts is so committed to her work, it's a battle to make her take time off.’
    • ‘We were all graduates and before choosing to take time off to have children all had professional jobs.’
    • ‘I admit I did wonder when I broke my toe at one point and had to take time off.’
    • ‘Feel free to take time off and put all inconvenient issues on the back burner.’
    • ‘However, an ill labourer has to take time off without benefit of salary or proper medicines.’
    • ‘Women are more likely to have career breaks than men because they are more likely to take time off when they have children.’
    • ‘I want to take time off from life in order to do all those other things I want.’
    • ‘We must all take time off now to verify the details on the roster instead of waiting for the last minute.’
    • ‘Some 13 firefighters also had to take time off to recover from injuries suffered.’
    break, rest, period of leave, day off, week off, month off, recess, school holiday, half-term
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Pronunciation:

time off

/ˌtīm ˈäf/