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full time

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


[foo l-tahym] /ˈfʊlˈtaɪm/
working or operating the customary number of hours in each day, week, or month:
a full-time housekeeper; full-time production.
Compare part-time.
on a full-time basis.
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for full time
  • We lived up there for another two and a half years, pretty much full time for the last year.
  • The grid still needs to be backed with full time power production.
  • Trying to keep everyone talking while trying to keep him alive because of his total lack of remorse or fear, is a full time job.
  • One guy in the village had a full time job smearing sticky sap on tree branches frequented by the birds.
  • But they may be paid far less, and for many it won't be a full time job at all.
  • Four of his children have worked or are working full time for their father.
  • One way to look at it is to say that that's roughly what a worker earning minimum wage and working full time earns in a year.
  • But even during the relatively low-sea-ice summer season, the route may not be quite ready for full time use.
  • It takes three people working full time to keep it operating.
  • Opposing the willfully ignorant could turn into a full time job, even if you limit your involvement to the arena of science.
British Dictionary definitions for full time

full time

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


for the entire time appropriate to an activity: a full-time job, a full-time student
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.

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