\ 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 ofa 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 ofa 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 amountwon 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
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
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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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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Last Updated

19 Nov 2020

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“Full.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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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