face time


Definition of face time

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the amount of time one spends appearing on television
2 : time spent in a face-to-face meeting with someone
3 : time spent at one's place of employment especially beyond normal work hours


Face·​Time | \ ˈfās-ˌtīm How to pronounce FaceTime (audio) \
variants: also Facetime
FaceTimed also Facetimed; FaceTiming also Facetiming; FaceTimes also Facetimes

Definition of FaceTime (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive + intransitive

: to use the FaceTime service to make calls (see call entry 2 sense 8) with enabled video support The comedian, 43, said he's been keeping in close contact with best pal Adele, 32, as the pair have been constantly FaceTiming each other from opposite ends of the world.— Nika Shakhnazarova They Facetimed during labor, and she laughs as she recalls he urged her to make things go faster so he could see the birth, but to no avail.— Susan Bromley

Examples of face time in a Sentence

Noun He hoped to get more face time with the president. Some bosses think lots of face time is a sign of loyalty to the company. a celebrity who has been getting a lot of face time
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The powe rbrokers are here and pushing for face time. The Enquirer, 13 May 2022 Our senior leaders have a budget to travel for face time with groups of employees in specific regions. Scott Lerner, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 This year, however, father and son have enjoyed a different routine, getting literal face-to-face time at the end of almost every game. Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2022 Following practice, both current and former players stuck around to sign autographs and take photos with students most of which hoped to get face time with C.J. Stroud. Stephen Means, cleveland, 2 Apr. 2022 With venues selling out at levels comparable to prepandemic times, concertgoers are clearly eager to get literal face time with their favorite artists — but their interactions remain, to the frustration of artists, mediated by their phones. Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2022 Still, the pandemic has given the task higher stakes, especially for employees who may feel professional pressure to get face time with their bosses. New York Times, 4 Jan. 2022 That said, even bosses that have become more accepting of remote work may still care about a different kind of face time: Employees keeping their cameras on during virtual meetings. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 19 Apr. 2022 Even if masked in school, children still get plenty of face time at home with family and outside with friends, experts said. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, 7 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of face time


1978, in the meaning defined at sense 1


2000, in the meaning defined above

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29 May 2022

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“Face time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/face%20time. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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