- working or operating the customary number of hours in each day, week, or month: a full-time housekeeper; full-time production.Compare part-time.
- on a full-time basis.
Origin of full-time
First recorded in 1895–1900
- the number of hours in a period, as a day, week, or month, considered customary for pursuing an activity, especially working at a job: The factory now operates on full time.
Compare part time.
Origin of full time
First recorded in 1910–15
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- for the entire time appropriate to an activitya full-time job; a full-time student
- on a full-time basishe works full time
- the end of a football or other matchCompare half-time
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Word Origin and History for full-time
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