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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.

Nearby words

  1. full-size,
  2. full-term,
  3. full-thickness flap,
  4. full-thickness graft,
  5. full-throated,
  6. full-timer,
  7. full-wave rectifier,
  8. fullam,
  9. fullback,
  10. fuller

Origin of full-time

First recorded in 1895–1900

full time


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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British Dictionary definitions for full-time



for the entire time appropriate to an activitya full-time job; a full-time student

adverb full time

on a full-time basishe works full time
Compare part-time

Derived Formsfull-timer, noun

full time


the end of a football or other matchCompare half-time
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Word Origin and History for full-time

full time

also fulltime, full-time, 1898; full-timer is attested from 1868; see full (adj.) + time.

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