1 of 2


: employed for or involving full time
full-time employees
full-time work
: devoting one's full attention and energies to something
a full-time gambler
full-time adverb

full time

2 of 2


: the amount of time considered the normal or standard amount for working during a given period

Examples of full-time in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Married American missionaries who were serving full-time in Haiti were killed on May 23, family members confirmed. Danielle Jennings, Peoplemag, 25 May 2024 Baker's daughter, Natalie Lloyd, and her husband Davy Lloyd were full-time missionaries in the country, the Republican state representative said. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 24 May 2024 Overall demand for full-time workers in long-term services and support settings is projected to increase by 42% between 2021 and 2036, according to the federal Health Resources and Services Administration. Josh Kelety, Fortune Well, 24 May 2024 Patel, a project manager with Boulevard as well as a full-time finance student at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, is a graduate of the Al-Rahmah School at ISB and a former member of the community. Jonathan M. Pitts, Baltimore Sun, 24 May 2024 The two got married two years ago and moved back to Haiti full-time. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 24 May 2024 Human Resources wants to eliminate its four part-time positions and add three full-time ones so that it is staffed with eight full-time employees. Tammy Murga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 May 2024 There, the number of full-time residents is dwindling while millionaires’ second — and third — homes, many of which are used as seasonal rentals, sit empty much of the year. Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2024 The 900-person department itself had only three full-time positions in 2022 to work on drug addiction and mental health, which doubled to six in 2023 with state funding, according to budget documents. Jessica Gallagher, New York Times, 23 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1821, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of full-time was in 1821

Dictionary Entries Near full-time

full tilt


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Cite this Entry

“Full-time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full-time. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: working or involving the full number of hours considered normal or standard
a full-time job
full-time employees
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