air·​time | \ ˈer-ˌtīm How to pronounce airtime (audio) \

Definition of airtime

1 : the time or any part of the time when a radio or television station is on the air
2 : the time at which a radio or television broadcast is scheduled to begin

Examples of airtime in a Sentence

The committee plans to buy radio airtime for the campaign ads.
Recent Examples on the Web Other story lines should and will receive plenty of airtime. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, 7 July 2021 That’s a lot of airtime to fill, no matter how compelling the event might be. Rob Salkowitz, Forbes, 28 June 2021 The brands are attaching themselves, the networks are giving more airtime. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, 14 May 2021 Instead, our shift is solely about sustainability, about not giving airtime to one of the world’s worst climate offenders. Mary Colurso |, al, 27 Apr. 2021 Instead, our shift is solely about sustainability, about not giving airtime to one of the world’s worst climate offenders., 26 Apr. 2021 Bartiromo was mentioned 46 times in the letter to Fox, the most of any Fox personality, largely for giving so much airtime to Trump allies Rudolph W. Giuliani and Sidney Powell. Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2020 The president frequently ducked into the private dining room off the Oval Office to watch on TV, complaining that the cable networks were treating it like a mini-Election Night while not giving his challenges any airtime. The Associated Press,, 15 Dec. 2020 The group didn’t show up in a search of broadcast airtime by the ad-tracking firm AdImpact. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, 21 May 2021

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First Known Use of airtime

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of airtime was in 1924

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“Airtime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of airtime

: time during a radio or television broadcast : time when something is on the air

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