American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Taking up much time.
- adj. Requiring significant amounts of time.
- adj. of a task that takes time and patience
“To understand the depth of the cultural divide at work here, consider that most Americans under age seventy-five would find even the idea of pronouncing the entire word discotheque too time-consuming.”
“But on that day, as Allen began asking for roll call votes and other time-consuming formalities, the seconds began drying up.”
“The most time-consuming dish was the dry-fried green beans.”
“Proper hand washing is very time-consuming, but even doing minimalist sanitizing between patients would add up to a third of staff time being spent washing.”
“I follow a lot of blind alleys, and that's very gratifying but also very time-consuming.”
“As a result of the furor, TomTom is working to amend its license agreements to ban police from using its data, a time-consuming task that means the company has to review every existing contract.”
“Customers can download a free version of Widality 's program, but if they like the tool and want to purchase the premium version, which has added features, they have to first uninstall the free program, download the premium version from a website, reload their data, and pay through a PayPal account — a complicated, time-consuming process that few people make it through.”
“Commuting by car is time-consuming and expensive, and according to research by the Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman, it is also one of life's least enjoyable activities.”
“But sorting through documentation from tens of thousands of claimants, determining who qualifies for help, and sniffing out fraud has been more difficult and time-consuming than Mr. Feinberg anticipated.”
“To reduce time-consuming and disruptive repairs, new technologies make it possible to fix pipes with a minimum of digging.”
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