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: 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

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Tquila will establish and operate a center for its robotic precision automation technical operations and hire 200 new full-time employees over five years. Greg Garrison | , al, 21 Mar. 2023 The spokesperson said Citi is hiring for a full-time role for an employee with five to eight years of experience, more than Nguyen has, and the salary range reflects that. Cora Lewis, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Mar. 2023 Going from a seventh-round pick to a full-time starter is not an easy feat in the NFL. The Enquirer, 20 Mar. 2023 The California native had spent about three decades living part- or full-time in Niger, where his work included missionary activity and the construction of wells and schools, his wife said. John Hudson, Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2023 This marks her first return in a full-time role since. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 20 Mar. 2023 Murder Mystery picks up four years after the events of the first film, this time with Sandler and Aniston's characters Nick and Audrey Spitz working as full-time detectives trying to launch their own private-eye agency. Tracey Harrington Mccoy, Peoplemag, 20 Mar. 2023 The restriction also would not apply to 18-year-olds and above who are in the military or police officers, whether full-time or in a reserve program. Ben Botkin, oregonlive, 20 Mar. 2023 Just months after naming a new president and CEO, the Louisville Urban League is once again in search of another full-time leader. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, 20 Mar. 2023 See More

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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

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Cite this Entry

“Full-time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full-time. Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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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