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part time

a period of time that is less than the usual or full time.
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Origin of part time


[adj. pahrt-tahym; adv. pahrt-tahym] /adj. ˈpɑrtˌtaɪm; adv. ˈpɑrtˈtaɪm/
employed to work, used, expected to function, etc., less than the usual or full time:
a part-time clerk.
lasting, requiring, or being in force only a part of the time:
part-time employment; part-time jobs.
on a part-time basis:
to work part-time.
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1890-95; adj., adv. use of part time Unabridged
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  • Lois is a part-time swim instructor and personal trainer.
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  • She later built a career as a writer and part-time lecturer at a small local college.
  • part-time or full-time enrollment is acceptable as well as enrollment in an accredited film, art or design school.
  • The society is using the money to hire eight part-time annotators, who will help to compile images and videos for the site.
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  • Almost everyone you know who wants to learn either learns part-time or by immersing themselves for three to five days.
  • Now their only source of income was from her husband's part-time job parking rental cars.
  • part-time professors, in demand, fill many distance-education faculties.
  • Working part-time in administration as a graduate student can help get your foot in the door for a post-graduation position.
British Dictionary definitions for part-time


for less than the entire time appropriate to an activity: a part-time job, a part-time waitress
on a part-time basis: he works part time
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Derived Forms
part-timer, noun
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Word Origin and History for part-time

also parttime, 1891, from part (n.) + time (n.). Related: Part-timer.

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