from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. For or during less than the customary or standard time: a part-time job.

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  • adj. for, during, or involving less than the normal time for some activity

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Occupying less than the entire time appropriate to an activity. Opposed to full-time.
  • adj. Employed for less than the full time usually expended at a task or occupation. Opposed to full-time. Commonly, thirty-five hours per week or more is considered full-time, and less than 30 is part-time work.
  • adv. For less than the usual full time appropriate to an activity; on a part-time basis. Opposed to full-time.
  • n. A working schedule occupying less than full time, i.e. less than 35 hours per week.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. involving less than the standard or customary time for an activity
  • adv. for less than the standard number of hours
  • adj. involving less than the standard or customary time for an activity


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  • I’m kind of a lone wolf, except for Cherie, and she’s what you might call a part-time friend.


  • In the words of my late friend Robert Byrd, politicians have become full-time fund-raisers and part-time officeholders.

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  • Keeping up with both worship and parish life requires the full-time attention of a rector, a vicar, three associate rectors, one assistant rector, and three lay associates, as well as an additional thirty-three full-time and eleven part-time staff members.

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  • Measures of full-time work, part-time work, and labor force participation all tell broadly the same story.

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  • The activities of the Ministry Center alone require the work of one hundred full-time employees, 150 part-time employees, and four thousand volunteer hours per month.

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