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
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In North Clackamas, more than five times as many students got face-to-face time with their teachers last week as the week before spring break, 4,613, up from 844, state figures show. oregonlive, "In Oregon, more than 1 in 3 public school students now get regular classroom instruction," 8 Apr. 2021 No matter how equal the time is with parents, a child still has half the face time with each parent, and sometimes even less when new families or parental stress factors come into play. Sandra Howlett, Star Tribune, "Counterpoint: For kids there's no such thing as a good divorce," 21 Feb. 2021 Existing apps like Hinge, Tinder and Bumble launched or bolstered their in-platform video chat capabilities, encouraging the jump to FaceTime if not face time. Raisa Bruner, Time, "The Forever-Online Boyfriends of the Pandemic," 23 Dec. 2020 Still, Hammond could get face time with the Wild if the team decides to carry three goalies. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Alex Stalock injured, so Wild signs goalie Andrew Hammond," 16 Dec. 2020 Rather, students in grades one to six need to have regular classes and daily face time with teachers. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "Moscow kids get teachers on screen, but trainees in class. Will it work?," 19 Nov. 2020 It’s not unusual for assistant coaches to get plenty of face time during a Super Bowl broadcast (think Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo in Super Bowl XLII, or Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Super Bowl LI). Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Super Bowl viewers were in good hands with Tony Romo’s analysis, and other thoughts," 9 Feb. 2021 When Highwire Public Relations went all remote in March, the company ramped up its meetings to make up for the lost face time. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "Meeting hell has gotten worse. These companies are fighting back," 11 Aug. 2020 Without quality face time with the most important people in our lives, gift giving is one of the love languages still available during the pandemic. San Francisco Chronicle, "Food lovers’ holiday gift guide," 24 Nov. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'face time.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of face time


1978, in the meaning defined at sense 1


2000, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about face time

Time Traveler for face time

Time Traveler

The first known use of face time was in 1978

See more words from the same year

Statistics for face time

Last Updated

11 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Face time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/face%20time. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for face time

face time


English Language Learners Definition of face time

US, informal
: time spent meeting with someone
: time spent at the place where you work especially before or after normal working hours
: the amount of time someone spends appearing on television

Comments on face time

What made you want to look up face time? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!