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full time

noun
1.
the number of hours in a period, as a day, week, or month, considered customary for pursuing an activity, especially working at a job:
The factory now operates on full time.
Compare part time.
Origin of full time
1910-1915
1910-15

full-time

[foo l-tahym] /ˈfʊlˈtaɪm/
adjective
1.
working or operating the customary number of hours in each day, week, or month:
a full-time housekeeper; full-time production.
Compare part-time.
adverb
2.
on a full-time basis.
Origin
1895-1900
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  • After he had served his full time of seven years, his master gave him a sum of money not to set up.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness Thomas Frognall Dibdin
  • And, as straightly, I tell thee that it is full time he were.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • It was full time for some one to interfere when the devil had entered into Royston Keene.

    Sword and Gown George A. Lawrence
  • Well then, it is full time she did so, there are none will say different.

    An Orkney Maid Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • The weather at Borcette continued warm and charming, and they would prolong their stay there to the full time contemplated.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for full time

full time

noun
1.
the end of a football or other match Compare half-time

full-time

adjective
1.
for the entire time appropriate to an activity: a full-time job, a full-time student
adverb
2.
on a full-time basis: he works full time
Compare part-time
Derived Forms
full-timer, noun
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Word Origin and History for full time

also fulltime, full-time, 1898; full-timer is attested from 1868; see full (adj.) + time.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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