to rest or do something different from your usual job or activities:
In between jobs, Liz always took time out to return to her first love - travelling.
2DS [uncountable and countable]
a short break during a sports match when the teams can rest, get instructions from their manager etc:
With 15.7 seconds left, Washington State called time out.
an occasion when a computer stops using a particular program because the user has not done any work for a period of time