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adjective \ˈfu̇l also ˈfəl\

Definition of full

  1. 1 :  containing as much or as many as is possible or normal <a bin full of corn>

  2. 2 a :  complete especially in detail, number, or duration <a full report> <gone a full hour> <my full share> b :  lacking restraint, check, or qualification <full retreat> <full support> c :  having all distinguishing characteristics :  enjoying all authorized rights and privileges <full member> <full professor> d :  not lacking in any essential :  perfect <in full control of your senses> e (1) :  completely occupied by runners <came to bat with the bases full> (2) :  having three balls and two strikes <a full count>

  3. 3 a :  being at the highest or greatest degree :  maximum <full speed> <full strength> b :  being at the height of development <full bloom> c :  being a full moon :  completely illuminated <the moon is full tonight>

  4. 4 :  rounded in outline <a full figure>

  5. 5 a :  possessing or containing a great number or amount —used with of <a room full of pictures> <full of hope> b :  having an abundance of material especially in the form of gathered, pleated, or flared parts <a full skirt> c :  rich in experience <a full life>

  6. 6 a :  satisfied especially with food or drink b :  large enough to satisfy <a full meal>

  7. 7 archaic :  completely weary

  8. 8 :  having both parents in common <full sisters>

  9. 9 :  having volume or depth of sound <full tones>

  10. 10 :  completely occupied especially with a thought or plan <full of his own concerns>

  11. 11 :  possessing a rich or pronounced quality <a food of full flavor>

full of it
  1. :  not to be believed

Examples of full

  1. The plane was carrying a full load of passengers.

  2. The theater was full to capacity.

  3. We bought a full set of dishes.

  4. They waited for three full months.

  5. He has a full array of stereo equipment.

  6. The soldiers were wearing full combat gear.

  7. This will be his first full season with the team.

  8. His theories have not yet found full acceptance.

  9. I hope that you'll give us your fullest cooperation.

  10. Please give me your full attention.

Origin of full

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German fol full, Latin plenus full, plēre to fill, Greek plērēs full, plēthein to be full

First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of full

full, complete, plenary, replete mean containing all that is wanted or needed or possible. full implies the presence or inclusion of everything that is wanted or required by something or that can be held, contained, or attained by it <a full schedule>. complete applies when all that is needed is present <a complete picture of the situation>. plenary adds to complete the implication of fullness without qualification <given plenary power>. replete implies being filled to the brim or to satiety <replete with delightful details>.




Simple Definition of full

  • : as much as possible : entirely or completely

  • : directly or squarely

Full Definition of full

  1. 1 a :  very, extremely <knew full well they had lied to me> b :  entirely <swung full around — Morley Callaghan>

  2. 2 :  straight, squarely <got hit full in the face>

  3. 3 —used as an intensive <wound up winning by a full four strokes — William Johnson>

Examples of full

  1. The cup was filled full to the brim.

  2. The ball hit him full in the chest.

  3. He kissed her full on the lips.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of full

before 12th century

Rhymes with full




Definition of full

  1. 1 :  the highest or fullest state or degree <the full of the moon>

  2. 2 :  the utmost extent <enjoy to the full>

in full
  1. 1 :  to the requisite or complete amount <paid in full>

  2. 2 :  to the fullest extent :  completely <read the book in full>

Examples of full

  1. <the account is now paid in full>

14th Century

First Known Use of full

14th century




Definition of full

of the moon

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to become full

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to make full in sewing


First Known Use of full





Definition of full

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to shrink and thicken (woolen cloth) by moistening, heating, and pressing

Origin of full

Middle English, from Anglo-French fuller, fouler to full, trample underfoot, from Medieval Latin fullare, from Latin fullo fuller

First Known Use: 14th century

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February 6, 2016

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