Definition of time travel in English:

time travel

(also time-travel)

Pronunciation /ˈtīm ˌtravəl/ /ˈtaɪm ˌtrævəl/


  • (in science fiction) the action of traveling through time into the past or the future.

    • ‘And it is science fiction about time travel, so you need to keep your wits about you.’
    • ‘The chronological differences between past and present in time travel are marked.’
    • ‘Since we have never seen a tourist from the future, time travel must be impossible.’
    • ‘However, this, too, does not really present a serious difficulty for the notion of time travel into the past.’
    • ‘The plot is cleverly knowing: it involves time travel so everything can be solved by going into the past and anticipating it.’
    • ‘Then, as an old man, he decides to make his final trip back to the past and give the secret of time travel to his youthful self.’
    • ‘We should emphasize that none of this work is directed at developing any practical means of time travel, even in the far future.’
    • ‘In fact, considerable evidence posits that time travel is impossible, he said.’
    • ‘Nigel Hanlon and Aidan Fox looked at the possibility of time travel.’
    • ‘You wouldn't think you could blend a love story with a seemingly accurate portrayal of time travel.’
    • ‘Slumped in a Sydney taxi one morning, well after the witching hour, I listened to a grave sermon on time travel.’
    • ‘The programme put forward the usual theoretical evidence for mechanisms for time travel that are completely beyond our means.’
    • ‘My answer is time travel as well; it seems like it would yield the most interesting results.’
    • ‘Crichton admits that this theory of time travel is only ‘my conjecture’ and that it is speculative.’
    • ‘The vets' intensity makes it difficult to say when and how this time travel into history will end.’
    • ‘I interacted with him a little when we were thinking about time travel in three dimensions.’
    • ‘I was just discussing a 70s Czech movie about time travel with a friend.’
    • ‘Naturally the only reliable way to secure it will be through time travel.’
    • ‘Mutant monsters and time travel are just part of Jim Cranwell's story, written especially for children.’
    • ‘A tale of time travel which covers the oyster bed disputes, it is a story of greed and struggle with modern parallels.’

intransitive verb

[no object]
  • Travel through time into the past or the future.

    • ‘The book focuses on Henry, who time-travels, involuntarily and at times of stress.’
    • ‘But based on recent evidence, there is as much chance of the Olympics time-travelling back to recapture the spirit of 776 BC as there is of the Faroe Islands winning gold in beach volleyball.’
    • ‘The shop windows look as if one has time-travelled back to the 70s.’
    • ‘I may not have been with you when you would time-travel, but I was there with you every step in-between.’
    • ‘That is not exactly something to please ancient Persian carpet weavers, if they could time travel here.’


time travel

/ˈtīm ˌtravəl/ /ˈtaɪm ˌtrævəl/