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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
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  • These days, it's run by a couple of ex-Manhattanites whose part-time rural hobby snowballed into a full-time career.
  • When he returned, he began to withdraw from his full-time involvement in the firm.
  • Making sure the panels always face the sun is pretty much a full-time task.
  • We have seen patients literally on their deathbed return to full-time employment.
  • He agreed, and since that time he's been a full-time collaborator for us.
  • The smaller number of full-time fishermen produces both economic growth and added revenues in coastal communities.
  • Each function requires full-time work, so once a backup is engaged, it does only one thing.
  • To start, she's here to talk about work, and how holding a full-time job both complicates and smooths life with five kids.
  • Our fish farm supplies a new, reliable revenue source that will ultimately pay for the full-time groundskeeper we've hired.
  • It's a chance to step back and think about what to do after retiring from a full-time career.
British Dictionary definitions for full-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

full time

the end of a football or other match Compare half-time
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Word Origin and History for full-time

full time

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

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