Meaning of “full time” in the English Dictionary

"full time" in English

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full timenoun [ U ]

uk /ˌfʊl ˈtaɪm/ us /ˌfʊl ˈtaɪm/ UK

full-timeadjective, adverb

uk /ˌfʊlˈtaɪm/ us /ˌfʊlˈtaɪm/

B1 (of work or education) done for the whole of a working week:

a full-time job
Most children in the UK remain in full-time education until they are at least 16 years old.
She went back to work full-time when her youngest child went to school.
I'm a full-time student right now.
full-time job/activity

an activity that uses a lot of your time:

Renovating the kitchen is becoming a full-time job.

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(Definition of “full time” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"full-time" in American English

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done for all the hours people usually work:

She was a full-time student.

(Definition of “full-time” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"full-time" in Business English

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uk /ˌfʊlˈtaɪm/ us abbreviation FT

HR, WORKPLACE for all the hours of the week that people normally work, not just for some of them:

full-time job Holding down a full-time job when you've got three children is not easy.
full-time employment The number of women in full-time employment has risen in the last few years.
a full-time employee/worker
full-time staff Only full-time staff will qualify for this benefit.
full-time education There are concessions for people in full-time education.

She went back to work full-time when her youngest child went to school.

full timenoun [ U ]

uk us

HR, WORKPLACE the amount of time spent working that is considered normal for a person who has only one job:

Full time for this job is 36 hours a week.

(Definition of “full-time” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)