air·​time | \-ˌtīm \

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.

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That’s where the practical significance of the finding looms large: if video games explain only a tiny portion of aggressive behavior, other factors should probably be getting a lot more airtime. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "What do we actually know about the risks of screen time and digital media?," 17 Oct. 2018 That question is getting airtime in the opening weeks of the campaign-advertising season for Initiative 1631, which asks Washington voters to be the first in the nation to approve putting a price on greenhouse-gas pollution released by fossil fuels. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Who would pay a state carbon fee on November ballot, and who gets a pass?," 17 Sep. 2018 By giving airtime to these concerns, the government acknowledges them as legitimate. Susanne Wengle, Washington Post, "Tomorrow Putin answers Russians’ questions on live TV. Here’s what his performance will tell us.," 6 June 2018 Then Chris Harrison decided to give Krystal more airtime, inviting her on stage. Melissa Locker, Time, "The Bachelor Recap: The Women Tell all About Arie, Krystal, and Bekah," 26 Feb. 2018 On the evening news, Clinton’s emails got more airtime than all policy stories combined. Alvin Chang, Vox, "Nearly two years into the Trump presidency, Fox News is still obsessed with Hillary Clinton," 11 July 2018 Media is largely under state control, giving enormous airtime to Erdogan and his message and little to anyone else. Elmira Bayrasli, The New Republic, "The Coalition to Stop Erdogan," 20 June 2018 Kanye West’s controversial comments about slavery have cost him airtime on a Detroit hip-hop radio station. Eli Meixler, Time, "A Detroit Radio Station Has Stopped Playing Kanye West Songs Over the Rapper's Slavery Comments," 4 May 2018 Timeless wont be getting any more airtime, at least not on NBC. Jamie Spain,, "NBC Cancels Timeless — But Is Considering a 2-Hour Movie Finale," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of airtime

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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