face time

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


2 of 2


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

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
Meanwhile, workers who go into the office are more likely to get face time with management which can increase their odds of scoring a promotion, getting a raise, and winning the affections of their boss. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 16 Jan. 2024 Past winners of the caucuses set the tone for what Iowans expected of their candidates, with intense on-the-ground campaigns that included rural town halls and face time with individual voters. Samantha-Jo Roth, Washington Examiner, 13 Jan. 2024 This is like a perfect campaign moment the candidates face time and time again. ABC News, 31 Dec. 2023 Watch the soccer officials angle for handshakes and face time in stadium suites and marbled lobbies. Tariq Panja, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2023 Getting a few days a week of face time can make all the difference. Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 17 Jan. 2024 Analysis: Amazon managers should manage more, take attendance less In response, employees are either grudgingly complying with badge-swipe quotas while putting in the bare minimum of face time or offering their skills to more flex-friendly employers. Karla L. Miller, Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2023 As the holiday season kicks into full gear, these celebs are making sure their little ones get some face time with the jolly man from the North Pole. Alexandra Schonfeld, Peoplemag, 19 Dec. 2023 Also, not for nothing: As families learned during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic—and as people with out-of-state relatives have understood since the dawning of Skype—technology has given rise to new ways to get face time (no pun intended). Beth Ann Mayer, Parents, 4 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1978, in the meaning defined at sense 1


2000, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of face time was in 1978

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“Face time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/face%20time. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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