\ ˈfu̇l How to pronounce full (audio) also ˈfəl \

Definition of full

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1 : containing as much or as many as is possible or normal a full hamper often used with of a bin full of corn
2a : 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
3a : 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 : rounded in outline a full figure
5a : possessing or containing a great number or amount used with of a room full of picturesfull of hope
b : having an abundance of material especially in the form of gathered, pleated, or flared parts a full skirt
c used as an intensive to emphasize the large size of an amount won by a full four strokeswas a full 3 months late with her payment
d : rich in experience a full life
6a : satisfied especially with food or drink He was full after eating the large supper.
b : large enough to satisfy a full meal
7 archaic : completely weary
8 : having both parents in common full sisters
9 : having volume or depth of sound full tones
10 : completely occupied especially with a thought or plan full of his own concerns
11 : possessing a rich or pronounced quality a food of full flavor
full of it
: not to be believed



Definition of full (Entry 2 of 5)

1a : very, extremely knew full well they had lied to me
b : entirely swung full around— Morley Callaghan
2 : straight, squarely got hit full in the face



Definition of full (Entry 3 of 5)

1 : the highest or fullest state or degree the full of the moon
2 : the utmost extent enjoy to the full
in full
1 : to the requisite or complete amount paid in full
2 : to the fullest extent : completely read the book in full


verb (1)
fulled; fulling; fulls

Definition of full (Entry 4 of 5)

intransitive verb

of the moon : to become full

transitive verb

: to make full in sewing


verb (2)
fulled; fulling; fulls

Definition of full (Entry 5 of 5)

transitive verb

: to shrink and thicken (woolen cloth) by moistening, heating, and pressing

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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

Examples of full in a Sentence

Adjective The plane was carrying a full load of passengers. The theater was full to capacity. We bought a full set of dishes. They waited for three full months. He has a full array of stereo equipment. The soldiers were wearing full combat gear. This will be his first full season with the team. His theories have not yet found full acceptance. I hope that you'll give us your fullest cooperation. Please give me your full attention. Adverb The cup was filled full to the brim. The ball hit him full in the chest. He kissed her full on the lips. Noun the account is now paid in full
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Donald Bringht said his grandson was full of energy, loved to watch his favorite cartoons and play on the playground. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Woman accused of killing 6-year-old son at hotel has mental illness, says family, who wanted custody of boy," 27 Apr. 2021 The contractors hired by the Arizona Senate to perform the audit posted an update on the website arizonaaudit.com where the sign-up sheet for observers previously was, indicating that all volunteer observer slots were full. Jen Fifield, The Arizona Republic, "All observer shifts full for now as Arizona election audit continues Monday," 26 Apr. 2021 His latest, Jacques Pépin Quick & Simple (2020) is full of new recipes and tips to make cooking easier. Merri Jill Rhodes, Better Homes & Gardens, "Stylemaker: We're Going Live!," 26 Apr. 2021 As of April 20, the first date with available tables was May 27, and even then, half the time slots were full. Washington Post, "Reservations are the new must-have at D.C. bars. Here’s how to make the most of them.," 26 Apr. 2021 The supermoon, traditionally called the Pink Moon, will be visible at around 11:32 p.m. and the moon will appear to be full through Wednesday morning, according to NASA. Jeanette Settembre, Fox News, "First pink supermoon of 2021: everything you need to know," 26 Apr. 2021 In fact, Utah’s rainy day funds are full, with about $850 million in reserves. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Exclusive: How Utah leaders plan to spend billions of dollars in new COVID relief money," 26 Apr. 2021 Green stems, leaves and flowers are full of water, and plants need it for photosynthesis. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Warm spring days, sporadic rain mean gardens might need extra watering in April," 25 Apr. 2021 Western Canada is full of amazing trails, but Panorama Ridge is a little extra special. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, "8 Best Backpacking Trips Around the World," 25 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All sizes will be available, including twins from $99, fulls ($149), queens ($199) and kings ($299). Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Need to buy a mattress? ask Deer Park Project Grad teens," 27 Feb. 2020 When in their feeding grounds, a gray whale typically eats about 1.3 tons of food — mouth-fulls of crustaceans, worms, shrimp and small, schooling fish — per day, according to researchers. Anchorage Daily News, "As gray whale migration reaches its peak, scientists fear another unexplained die-off," 25 Jan. 2020 The idea of the world's greatest young talent moving to Bayern and playing under Pep Guardiola back in 2013 was one full of promise, but never was a fruitful situation in reality. SI.com, "Ranking the 16 Winners of the Golden Boy Award," 16 Oct. 2019 My mother was crabbing at the end of the pier, dropping her steel net full of chicken guts Into the murky water, shimmering in July heat. T. R. Hummer, The New Yorker, "Louisiana," 28 Oct. 2019 The Voyager probe of course famously bore a plaque that depicted our location in the galaxy as well as a golden record full of music and sounds from Earth. Shannon Stirone, Wired, "Space Photos of the Week: Oh Pioneers!," 4 Oct. 2019 Scoring hat fulls of goals in quick succession might fill up most of Lewandowski's bitesize highlight reels, but the Poland international has actually been one of the most consistent goalscorers in recent years. SI.com, "Robert Lewandowski: Bayern Munich's Best Foreign Player & Europe's Most Underrated Star in History," 27 Sep. 2019 Isabel is a beautiful full of heart and love young women. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'LPBW' Star Amy Roloff Just Shared the Sweetest Photo From Jacob and Isabel's Wedding," 9 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, their families have been arriving in waves, but their reunions, fulls of tears, have so far only been allowed through a window. Anna Werner, CBS News, "New video of Thai cave rescue shows just how close divers came to disaster," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of full


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb (1)

1785, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for full

Adjective, Adverb, Noun, and Verb (1)

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

Verb (2)

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

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The first known use of full was before the 12th century

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30 Apr 2021

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“Full.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of full

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: containing or holding as much or as many as possible
: not lacking anything : complete in number, amount, etc.
: not limited in any way



English Language Learners Definition of full (Entry 2 of 2)

: as much as possible : entirely or completely
: directly or squarely


\ ˈfu̇l How to pronounce full (audio) \
fuller; fullest

Kids Definition of full

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : containing as much or as many as possible or normal a full glass a full bus
2 : complete entry 1 sense 1 I waited a full hour.
3 : not limited in any way full power a full recovery
4 : plump and rounded in outline a full face
5 : having much material a full skirt

Other Words from full

fullness noun



Kids Definition of full (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : very entry 1 sense 1 You know full well you're wrong.
2 : completely Fill the glass full.



Kids Definition of full (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : the highest state, extent, or degree I enjoyed school to the full.
2 : the complete amount paid in full

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