face time


Definition of face time

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


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

Definition of FaceTime (Entry 2 of 2)

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All three used their finale collections to showcase their ability to grow as creatives, and their face time with Beauchamp to sketch out their ability to grow as businesses. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, 6 Aug. 2021 The singer-songwriter and founder of Fenty Beauty hasn't been giving her fans much direct face time lately. Sara Miranda, Allure, 29 July 2021 While more face time will likely always mean more influence, teams can adopt practices to even out the impact. Dana Brownlee, Forbes, 5 May 2021 Between 100-hour workweeks and all-nighters at the office, young lawyers climbing the partner track have long been expected to put in copious amounts of face time. Te-ping Chen, WSJ, 6 Aug. 2021 In the shift to hybrid work, much has been made of the unspoken advantages of face-to-face time with your boss and the risk of neglecting employees who are rarely seen in person. Zachary M. Seward, Quartz, 6 July 2021 Now almost 40, Gatlin had no choice but to face time itself. oregonlive, 20 June 2021 Work experts point to problems with potential inequality when some workers get face time and others are remote. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 Moments after President Biden concluded his first speech to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, he was greeted by a series of lawmakers aiming to get in some coveted face time with the president. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of face time


1978, in the meaning defined at sense 1


2000, in the meaning defined above

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2 Sep 2021

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“Face time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/face%20time. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of face time

: time spent meeting with someone
: time spent at the place where you work especially before or after normal working hours
: the amount of time someone spends appearing on television


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