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.’