Synonyms of time in English:

time


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noun

1‘what time is it?’

SYNONYMS

hour

dated o'clock

2‘late at night was the best time to leave’

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moment, point, point in time, occasion, hour, minute, second, instant, juncture, stage, phase

3‘he worked there for a time’

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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’

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ERA, age, epoch, period, aeon, years, days

generation, date

5‘I've known a lot of women in my time’

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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’

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heyday, day, hour, prime, best days, best years, youth, vigour, springtime, salad days, maturity

7‘he would have a hard time in prison’

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situation, state of affairs, experience, life, way of life

conditions, circumstances, affairs, surroundings, environment, context, background, ambience, atmosphere

8‘tunes in waltz time’

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rhythm, tempo, beat, pulse, flow

metre, measure, cadence, pattern

accent, stress


verb

1‘his meeting had been timed for three o'clock’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

regulate, adjust, calculate, set, synchronize

3‘he timed it—it took two minutes and forty-three seconds’

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measure, put a stopwatch on, meter, count

informal clock


Phrases

    ahead of time

      ‘the bridge was declared ready seven months ahead of time’

      SYNONYMS

      early, earlier than expected, earlier than required, in good time, with time to spare, timely, in advance, sooner, in readiness, already

      ANTONYMS

      behind time, late

    ahead of one's/its time

      ‘he broke all the rules and achieved an effect that was way ahead of its time’

      SYNONYMS

      revolutionary, avant-garde, futuristic, innovatory, innovative, innovational, trailblazing, pioneering, groundbreaking, disruptive

      ultra-modern, advanced, highly developed, the latest, new, the newest, up to the minute

      ANTONYMS

      behind the times

    all the time

      ‘he works all the time’

      SYNONYMS

      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

      ANTONYMS

      never, intermittently

    at one time

      1‘she was a nurse at one time’

      SYNONYMS

      formerly, previously, once, in the past, at one point, at some point, once upon a time, time was when, in days gone by, in times gone by, in times past, in the old days, in the good old days, back in the day, long ago

      literary

      in days of yore, in times of yore, of yore

      archaic

      sometime, erst, erstwhile, whilom

      ANTONYMS

      never

      2‘several matches were going on at one time’

      SYNONYMS

      simultaneously, at once, at the same time, at one and the same time, at the same instant, at the same moment, concurrently, concomitantly

      together, all together, alongside each other, in unison, in concert, in chorus, as a group

      rare

      synchronously

      ANTONYMS

      separately, consecutively

    at the same time

      1‘they arrived at the same time’

      SYNONYMS

      simultaneously, at the same instant, at the same 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

      rare

      synchronously

      ANTONYMS

      separately, consecutively

      2‘I can't really explain it, but at the same time I'm not convinced’

      SYNONYMS

      nevertheless, nonetheless, even so, however, but, still, yet, though, be that as it may, for all that, in spite of everything, in spite of that, despite everything, despite that, 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

      archaic

      howbeit, withal, natheless

    at times

      ‘she is at times cruel and ruthless’

      SYNONYMS

      sometimes, occasionally, from time to time, every now and again, every now and then, every so often, on occasion, on occasions, on the odd occasion, off and on, at intervals, periodically, sporadically, spasmodically, erratically, irregularly, intermittently, by fits and starts, in fits and starts, fitfully, discontinuously, piecemeal

      rare

      interruptedly

      ANTONYMS

      constantly

    behind time

      ‘she was behind time and had to rush’

      SYNONYMS

      late, not on time, behind, behind schedule, behind target, behindhand, delayed, running late, overdue, belated, tardy, unpunctual

      slow, dilatory

      ANTONYMS

      ahead of time, early

    behind the times

      ‘the children considered Dad to be behind the times’

      SYNONYMS

      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

      démodé, vieux jeu, passé

      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

      ANTONYMS

      up to date, ahead of one's time

    for the time being

      ‘the sale has been cancelled for the time being, at least until prices recover’

      SYNONYMS

      for now, for the moment, for the present, in the interim, for the nonce, for the meantime, in the meantime, in the meanwhile

      for a short time, for a little while, for a short while, briefly, momentarily, fleetingly

      temporarily, provisionally, pro tem

      informal

      for the minute

      pro tempore, ad interim

      en attendant

      ANTONYMS

      permanently

    from time to time

      ‘all children act up from time to time’

      SYNONYMS

      sometimes, occasionally, every now and again, every now and then, every so often, on occasion, on occasions, on the odd occasion, off and on, at times, at intervals, periodically, sporadically, spasmodically, erratically, irregularly, intermittently, by fits and starts, in fits and starts, fitfully, discontinuously, piecemeal

      rare

      interruptedly

      ANTONYMS

      constantly

    in no time

      ‘you'll have perfect-looking skin in no time’

      SYNONYMS

      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

      rapidly, swiftly, at the speed of light

      suddenly, immediately, instantly, instantaneously, promptly, without delay, post-haste

      North American

      momentarily

      informal

      in a jiffy, in a sec, in a nanosecond, in two shakes, in two shakes of a lamb's tail, before you can say Jack Robinson, before you can say knife, in the twinkling of an eye, in a twinkling, in the blink of an eye, in a blink, in the wink of an eye, in a wink

      British informal

      in a tick, in two ticks, in a mo

      North American informal

      in a snap

      ANTONYMS

      not for a while, slowly

    in good time

      ‘we'll be there in good time’

      SYNONYMS

      on time

      early, with time to spare, ahead of time, before the appointed time, ahead of schedule

      ANTONYMS

      late

    in time

      1‘I came back in time for Molly's party’

      SYNONYMS

      early enough, in good time, punctually, promptly, on time, not too late, with time to spare, at the appointed time, at the right time, on schedule

      ANTONYMS

      late

      2‘the attraction of the uniform palled, and, in time, she left the service’

      SYNONYMS

      eventually, ultimately, finally, in the end, as time goes by, as time goes on, 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 date, at a future time, 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’

      SYNONYMS

      frequently, often, repeatedly, again and again, time and 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

      persistently, recurrently, constantly, continually, regularly

      North American

      oftentimes

      ad nauseam

      literary

      many a time and oft, oft, oft-times

      ANTONYMS

      occasionally

    on time

      ‘the train was on time’

      SYNONYMS

      in time, in good time, on schedule, to schedule, when expected, timely, well timed

      informal

      on the dot

      British informal

      bang on time, spot on time

      ANTONYMS

      late

    time after time

      ‘the camera produces excellent results time after time’

      SYNONYMS

      repeatedly, again and again, time and 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

      persistently, recurrently, constantly, continually, regularly

      North American

      oftentimes

      ad nauseam

      literary

      many a time and oft, oft, oft-times

      ANTONYMS

      sporadically, never