Collocations with time
Collocations are pairs of words or sequences of words which are often used together. Below you can learn the most common collocations with the word ‘time’ and read some examples.
As the pace of life increases, time is what people need the most. Learn how to talk about time with these examples of common collocations with the word ‘time’.
Definition: to pass time doing something, an activity
Example: I like to spend time learning foreign languages.
Definition: to do something that isn’t productive or which isn’t a good use of time
Example: Stop wasting time playing games and do your homework.
Definition: to find time to do something when you are busy
Example: You need to make for daily exercise in order to be healthy.
Definition: to be available to do something
Example: John doesn’t have enough time to study for his test.
Run out of time
Definition: to not have enough time to complete a task
Example: Jane ran out of time before she could finish the test.
Take time off
Definition: to not go to work, take a holiday
Example: After finishing a difficult project my boss told me to take some time off.
Stall for time
Definition: to delay, to cause a delay on purpose
Example: I tried to stall for time before Sarah could make it to the meeting.
Pass the time/ kill time
Definition: to do something to make the time go by faster while you are waiting for something
Example: Kate was reading a book on the train to kill time.
Just in time
Definition: at the right time, at the perfect time
Example: We made it just in time for the flight.
Take your time
Definition: you don’t have to hurry, you can use as much time as you need
Example: It’s a difficult decision – take your time.
Definition: an efficient solution which can give you extra time
Example: If we take this shortcut we will save some time.
Definition: free time, with no obligations, during which you can do whatever you want
Example: In my spare time I like to read novels and walk my dog.
Have a hard/ rough time
Definition: to have a difficulty with doing something, or a difficult period in life
Example: Greg had a hard time doing his physics homework.
Pressed for time
Definition: in a hurry, in a rush, when you need to do something quickly
Example: I know you are pressed for time so I’ll try to go through my points quickly so we can finish the meeting earlier.
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