UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈtaɪmɪŋ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈtaɪmɪŋ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(tīming)

From the verb time: (⇒ conjugate)
timing is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
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Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. the timing is [important, essential]
  2. the timing will have to be perfect
  3. [perfect, good] timing. I was just about to [make, do, go]
  4. talk about poor timing. I was just about to [make]
  5. you couldn't have worse timing!
  6. their timing couldn't have been worse!
  7. it's important that you get the timing right
  8. [his, the] timing was a bit off
  9. it's all down to [good] timing
  10. when telling jokes, timing is everything
  11. the timing of the [runners, athletes, race]
  12. the timing of the [bus, train] comings and goings
  13. the timing of the [events, ads, protests, visits]
n as adj
  1. the [car's, truck's] timing belt
WordReference English Collocations © 2020


Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. for a (very) long time
  2. a [long, short] time [ago, before, earlier]
  3. [tea, breakfast, lunch, dinner] time
  4. [Greenwich Mean, British Summer, Central European] time
  5. (in) [ancient, prehistoric, old] times
  6. these are [hard, tough, difficult] times (for)
  7. is [going through, experiencing] hard times
  8. closing time
  9. our opening times are
  10. [extra, injury, stoppage] time
  11. the [journey, travel, transit] time
  12. a [world, personal, US] best time
  13. [finished, ran it] in record time
  14. was my [first, second] time [going, seeing, doing]
  15. (still) have [plenty, a lot] of time
  16. need more time (to)
  17. had enough time to [change, eat, talk]
  18. didn't have enough time to [change]
  19. the [bus, lecture, project] is taking too much time
  20. take [too much, a long] time to [answer, finish, go]
  21. these things take time
  22. it takes time to
  23. there is no time like the present
  24. this is no time to [start, panic, be]
  25. time waits for no [one, man]
  26. time and [space, date, tide]
  27. [arrived, finished, phoned] just in time
  28. the [package, gift, letter] arrived [in, on] time (for)
  29. the [train, flight, bus] arrived on time
  30. [society, technology, travel] has changed over time
  31. has changed [considerably, beyond recognition, enormously] over time
  32. only a short time had [passed, elapsed, gone by]
  33. [go, travel] back in time
  34. (would like to) [go] back in time to
  35. tell (the) time
  36. is biding his time
  37. have [little, limited] free time
  38. spends her time [reading, online]
  39. [have, find yourself with] time on your hands
  40. in my spare time I (like to) [read, golf, paint]
  41. was a (complete) waste of time
  42. is a waste of time [trying, looking, asking]
  43. had a [good, terrible] time [on vacation, at the party]
  44. had a hard time [trying, persuading, explaining]
  45. the time has come for [answers, action]
  46. it's time for [bed, lunch, your medication]
  47. it's time to [go, leave, say goodbye]
  48. is the best time of year to [go, visit, dive]
  49. did time for [robbery, fraud, assault]
  50. has done his time
  51. the [theory, notion, conception] of time
  52. in three [days', weeks'] time
  53. time has not been kind to her
  54. only time will tell
  55. time heals all wounds
  56. your time is up
  57. [it's, have] my time of the month
n as adj
  1. a time [counter, display, monitor]
  2. is a ticking time bomb
  3. a time [machine, capsule]
  4. on a time [release, switch]
  1. time your [speed, rate]
  2. time the [race, competition]
  3. timed it [wrong, well, accurately, perfectly]
  4. timed their [attack, assault]
  5. time the [party, meeting, event] to [coincide, avoid, occur]
  6. was timed at [250 mph, 9.95 seconds]
  7. the connection timed out
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