I read this here:

The hours logged in class, and the hours logged on schoolwork can lead to students feeling overwhelmed and unmotivated.

What exactly the verbs "log in" or "log on" mean above? What they mean to me doesn't fit there.

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    See meaning number 2 – jmoreno Oct 2 '19 at 23:22
  • @jmoreno No, it's meaning 1.1 under "Verb". – 200_success Oct 2 '19 at 23:35
  • @200_success Indirectly, it's both. Essentially verb meaning 1.1 is the "every noun can be verbed" version of noun meaning 2. – David Richerby Oct 3 '19 at 8:33

To log your hours means to write them down in a log, usually at work, probably on such form:

employee time sheet

"Logging hours" in the context of your sentence would colloquially or metaphorically mean the hours spent in class and on doing schoolwork.

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    Possibly could be improved by clarifying that the "logging" in the quoted text is used in a metaphorical sense: no one is actually recording the time spent on these activities in a log. – asgallant Oct 1 '19 at 21:54
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    That is what I meant by "colloquially" – TK-421 Oct 2 '19 at 5:15
  • Possibly the usage is influenced by the aviation world, where logging flight hours is mandatory and universal. – richardb Oct 2 '19 at 15:00

'Log', verb, 2nd definiton, Merriam-Webster:

to make a note or record of : enter details of or about in a log


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    Except that no one is actually recording anything. At best its metaphorical, but more like an informal third definition. – Andrew Oct 1 '19 at 23:18
  • @Andrew: except they possibly are. It’s not at all unheard of for parents to require that their kids spend a set amount of time on home work and that this time be recorded. – jmoreno Oct 2 '19 at 23:25

Logged here means spent, or occupied, even when the activity is not literally recorded in a journal or log.

In computer science, the verb phrases log in and log on mean enroll, or provide credential.


log is a noun and according to Merriam-Webster is defined as:

a record of performance, events, or day-to-day activities

So for example, A teacher asks a student to record the time spent on different activities in a logbook.

log can however also be a verb (the act of recording something either present or past tense) as follows:

  • The student is busy logging their time. (present tense)
  • The student logged his time yesterday. (past tense)

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