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in time

1. Before some deadline or something begins or ends. I need to get home in time to take a shower before the party. Oh good—we're in time to see the opening band.
2. Eventually; with the passing of time. In time, you will come to realize how much your parents care about you.
3. In rhythm; on tempo. The guys in the band can play—just not together. They're almost never in time.
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in time

(with something) Go to in step (with something).
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in time

1. Before a time limit expires, early enough, as in His speech begins at eight, so we've arrived in time. It is often put as in time for, as in Please come in time for dinner. [Second half of 1400s] Also see in good time.
2. Eventually, within an indefinite period, as in In time you'll see that Dad was right. [c. 1450] Also see in due course.
3. In the proper musical tempo or rhythm, as in It's important to dance in time to the music. [c. 1700]
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in ˈtime


1 not late: Make sure that you get here in time for the concert.
2 after quite a long time; eventually: You will feel better in time.
3 (play, sing, or dance to music) at the right speed: The violins didn’t seem to be in time with the rest of the orchestra.
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in time

1. Before a time limit expires.
2. Within an indefinite time; eventually: In time they came to accept the harsh facts.
3. Music
a. In the proper tempo.
b. Played with a meter.
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References in classic literature ?
look sharp, we are rather late; put on the steam, will you, and take us to the Victoria in time for the one o'clock train?
Gonzalez will be taking his test in time for our February swearing-in ceremony, or March at the latest.
citizenship - and voting eligibility - in time for November's election.