Synonyms of time in English:

time


See definition of time

noun

1‘what time is it?’

SYNONYMS
hour
dated o'clock

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

SYNONYMS
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’

SYNONYMS
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 times

    ‘she is at times cruel and ruthless’


    SYNONYMS

    sometimes, occasionally, from time to time, now and again, now and then, every now and again, every now and then, every so often, once in a while, every once in a while, 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

    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

    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

    in no time

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


    SYNONYMS

    soon, very soon, 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

    quickly, very quickly, 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

    from time to time

    ‘all children act up from time to time’


    SYNONYMS

    sometimes, occasionally, now and again, now and then, every now and again, every now and then, every so often, once in a while, every once in a while, 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

    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

    Northern English informal

    antwacky

    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

    in good time

    ‘we'll be there in good time’


    SYNONYMS

    punctual, punctually, prompt, promptly, on time

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

    ANTONYMS

    late

    many a time

    ‘many a time they had gone to bed hungry’


    SYNONYMS

    frequently, often, repeatedly, again and again, over and over, over and over 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

    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

    on time

    ‘the train was on time’


    SYNONYMS

    punctual, punctually, prompt, promptly, 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, over and over, over and over 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