Meaning of “part-time” in the English Dictionary

"part-time" in British English

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part-timeadverb, adjective

uk /ˌpɑːtˈtaɪm/ us /ˌpɑːrtˈtaɪm/

B1 If you work part-time or do part-time work, you work for only some of the day or the week:

a part-time job
After my children were born I decided to go part-time.

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

"part-time" in American English

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part-timeadjective, adverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈpɑrtˈtɑɪm/

(of an activity or work) done for periods of time shorter than the usual hours or schedule:

She got a part-time job working three days a week.
Joe works part-time.
noun [ C ] us /ˈpɑrtˈtɑɪ·mər/

We have a full-time staff of three, plus two part-timers.

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

"part-time" in Business English

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uk /ˌpɑːtˈtaɪm/ us HR, WORKPLACE

for only some of the hours of the week that people normally work, not all of them:

I am retiring in May but will continue doing some self-employed part-time work.
a part-time job
More and more people are setting up part-time businesses at home.
He will stay on at the company as a part-time consultant.
She has returned to work on a part-time basis.

Many people prefer to work part-time.


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

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