office hours


: the time during the day when people work in an office
Our office hours are 8:30 to 4:00 Monday through Friday.
US : the time during the day when a teacher is available to meet with students in his or her office
She has office hours Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:00 to 11:00.
US : a time during the day when people can see a doctor or dentist

Examples of office hours in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Covid and hybrid work have made evening events less appealing than socializing during office hours (especially for working parents). Expert Panel®, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 There were no more office hours with professors, no more study sessions in libraries or dorms; no impromptu get-togethers after class discussions or debates at cafeterias and coffee shops. Eric Klinenberg, TIME, 9 Feb. 2024 Discussions that seem likely to take fifteen minutes or less should be conducted during office hours, minimizing the number of intrusive meetings and freeing everyone from endless back-and-forth e-mail threads. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, 27 Dec. 2023 The days of absence are staggered so its office hours remain the same as before the trial. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 19 Dec. 2023 Also, don’t hesitate to make use of your professor’s office hours to talk about your concerns. Elaine Welteroth, Washington Post, 5 Dec. 2023 Many employees arrived in the office well past noon, including Gary Wang, a FTX co-founder, whose office hours sometimes ran from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tracy Wang, Rolling Stone, 27 Sep. 2023 What's more, new research suggests a preference for burning the midnight oil may be associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes — especially when those night owls are forced to conform to conventional office hours. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 18 Oct. 2023 To stem this concern, consider setting an open-door policy or scheduling virtual office hours so your team knows questions are always welcome. Hollie Castro, Quartz, 13 July 2023 See More

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“Office hours.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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