"about time" meaning in English

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Adverb

Audio: en-au-about time.ogg [Australia]
Head templates: {{en-adv|-}} about time (not comparable)
  1. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see about, time. Tags: not-comparable
    Sense id: en-about_time-en-adv-wBIiMpV5
  2. Close to the right time. Tags: not-comparable Translations (close to the right time): ja era hora (Catalan), ja es hora (Catalan), tid (Danish), ongeveer tijd (Dutch), haast zover (Dutch), melkein aika (Finnish), enfin (French), il est grand temps que (note: followed by the present subjunctive) (French), mindjárt (Hungarian), hamarosan (Hungarian), sarebbe ora (Italian), est tempus illud de (Latin), omtrent tiden (Norwegian Bokmål), najwyższy czas (Polish), o czasie (Polish), quase na hora (Portuguese), está na hora (Portuguese), давно́ пора́ (davnó porá) (Russian), es hora (Spanish), al fin (Spanish), dags (Swedish)
    Sense id: en-about_time-en-adv-bxl3MMvn Categories (other): English entries with language name categories using raw markup, English terms with non-redundant non-automated sortkeys Disambiguation of English entries with language name categories using raw markup: 18 50 32 Disambiguation of English terms with non-redundant non-automated sortkeys: 14 66 21 Disambiguation of 'close to the right time': 6 86 8
  3. (idiomatic, often sarcastic) Far past the desired time. Tags: idiomatic, not-comparable, often, sarcastic Synonyms (far past the desired time): high time, not a moment too soon Translations (far past the desired time): på tide (Danish), eindelijk (Dutch), oli jo aikakin (Finnish), il était temps (French), pas trop tôt (French), καιρός ήταν (kairós ítan) (Greek), épp ideje (Hungarian), legfőbb ideje (Hungarian), is mithid (Irish), era ora (Italian), på tide (Norwegian Bokmål), najwyższy czas (Polish), já era hora (Portuguese), já era tempo (Portuguese), já não era sem tempo (Portuguese), tha an t-àm aig (Scottish Gaelic), ya era hora (Spanish), på tiden (Swedish), hen bryd (Welsh)
    Sense id: en-about_time-en-adv-DVYYAJ6h Disambiguation of 'far past the desired time': 7 10 83 Disambiguation of 'far past the desired time': 7 10 83
The following are not (yet) sense-disambiguated
Related terms: at last, it's about time

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      "sense": "close to the right time",
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      "lang": "Catalan",
      "sense": "close to the right time",
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      "sense": "close to the right time",
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      "sense": "close to the right time",
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      "sense": "close to the right time",
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      "sense": "close to the right time",
      "word": "est tempus illud de"
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      "code": "nb",
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      "sense": "close to the right time",
      "word": "omtrent tiden"
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      "sense": "close to the right time",
      "word": "najwyższy czas"
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    {
      "code": "pl",
      "lang": "Polish",
      "sense": "close to the right time",
      "word": "o czasie"
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      "sense": "close to the right time",
      "word": "quase na hora"
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    {
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      "lang": "Portuguese",
      "sense": "close to the right time",
      "word": "está na hora"
    },
    {
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      "roman": "davnó porá",
      "sense": "close to the right time",
      "word": "давно́ пора́"
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    {
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      "lang": "Spanish",
      "sense": "close to the right time",
      "word": "es hora"
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    {
      "code": "es",
      "lang": "Spanish",
      "sense": "close to the right time",
      "word": "al fin"
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      "sense": "close to the right time",
      "word": "dags"
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    {
      "code": "da",
      "lang": "Danish",
      "sense": "far past the desired time",
      "word": "på tide"
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    {
      "code": "nl",
      "lang": "Dutch",
      "sense": "far past the desired time",
      "word": "eindelijk"
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    {
      "code": "fi",
      "lang": "Finnish",
      "sense": "far past the desired time",
      "word": "oli jo aikakin"
    },
    {
      "code": "fr",
      "lang": "French",
      "sense": "far past the desired time",
      "word": "il était temps"
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    {
      "code": "fr",
      "lang": "French",
      "sense": "far past the desired time",
      "word": "pas trop tôt"
    },
    {
      "code": "el",
      "lang": "Greek",
      "roman": "kairós ítan",
      "sense": "far past the desired time",
      "word": "καιρός ήταν"
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      "code": "hu",
      "lang": "Hungarian",
      "sense": "far past the desired time",
      "word": "épp ideje"
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      "lang": "Hungarian",
      "sense": "far past the desired time",
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      "code": "ga",
      "lang": "Irish",
      "sense": "far past the desired time",
      "word": "is mithid"
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      "code": "it",
      "lang": "Italian",
      "sense": "far past the desired time",
      "word": "era ora"
    },
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      "code": "nb",
      "lang": "Norwegian Bokmål",
      "sense": "far past the desired time",
      "word": "på tide"
    },
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      "lang": "Polish",
      "sense": "far past the desired time",
      "word": "najwyższy czas"
    },
    {
      "code": "pt",
      "lang": "Portuguese",
      "sense": "far past the desired time",
      "word": "já era hora"
    },
    {
      "code": "pt",
      "lang": "Portuguese",
      "sense": "far past the desired time",
      "word": "já era tempo"
    },
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      "code": "pt",
      "lang": "Portuguese",
      "sense": "far past the desired time",
      "word": "já não era sem tempo"
    },
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      "sense": "far past the desired time",
      "word": "tha an t-àm aig"
    },
    {
      "code": "es",
      "lang": "Spanish",
      "sense": "far past the desired time",
      "word": "ya era hora"
    },
    {
      "code": "sv",
      "lang": "Swedish",
      "sense": "far past the desired time",
      "word": "på tiden"
    },
    {
      "code": "cy",
      "lang": "Welsh",
      "sense": "far past the desired time",
      "word": "hen bryd"
    }
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  "word": "about time"
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