\ˈfu̇l-ˈtīm \

Definition of full-time 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : employed for or involving full time full-time employees full-time work

2 : devoting one's full attention and energies to something a full-time gambler

full time


Definition of full time (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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full-time adverb

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Maciejewski still works full time as a journeyman plumber, Marquardt said, so the men are focused on making sausage and staffing the shop between just the two of them. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Sausage Co. finds a spot in local culture," 26 June 2018 During boom and bust alike, Christian Borrero always wanted to work full time. New York Times, "Disability Applications Plunge as the Economy Strengthens," 19 June 2018 Anwaar lives at home with his family and works full time on his dream of becoming a professional fighter. John Mccall, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fighting for free: The penniless pursuit of amateur MMA fighters in South Florida," 19 June 2018 The single mother, who works full time as a safety auditor for a utility company, trusted that CPS would help her daughter. Vikki Ortiz, chicagotribune.com, "CPS students denied special education services amid 'cycle of chaos,' parents say," 19 June 2018 Her mother, Daniela, began working full time at 20 and was employed by the city for several decades. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, "The Force Behind Europe’s Populist Tide: Frustrated Young Adults," 17 June 2018 The Bureau of Labor Statistics in February said 5.2 million Americans who want to work full time are instead receiving fewer than 30 hours a week from their employer. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Finding blue-collar gig jobs at the tap of an app with Wonolo," 8 June 2018 Other students may have to drop out of school periodically to work full time. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Community colleges don't plan to appeal ruling denying in-state tuition to DACA students," 22 May 2018 And more than half of the 2017 graduates are working full time, the survey found. Karen Farkas, cleveland.com, "23 percent of Case Western Reserve University's 2017 graduates working full-time stayed in Cleveland, survey shows," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of full-time


1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1821, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of full-time was in 1821

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English Language Learners Definition of full-time

: working the full number of hours considered normal or standard

: done during the full number of hours considered normal or standard

: requiring all of or a large amount of your time



Kids Definition of full-time

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

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