ful·​ly | \ˈfu̇(l)-lē \

Definition of fully 

1 : in a full manner or degree : completely

2 : at least fully nine tenths of us

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Examples of fully in a Sentence

He fully recovered from the operation. They will never fully appreciate their luck. The house is fully furnished. When will the tree be fully grown?
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The spread of mini mills in the last half-century was a critical step toward recycling old steel, but there is a long way to go to achieve fully sustainable smelting. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 The assessments are fully at odds with Trump’s claim, upon his return from Singapore, that Pyongyang no longer poses a nuclear threat. David S. Cloud, latimes.com, "Pompeo heads to North Korea to press Kim on nuclear disarmament," 6 July 2018 Many business owners in the historical area of the city had not fully recovered from the previous storm. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, "Federal disaster assistance coming for Howard and Baltimore counties," 3 July 2018 But the stock has now fully recovered—and them some. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Facebook Investors May Be Too Quick to Forgive," 28 June 2018 So all of these myths, these false choices, and these ways in which we’ve been divided and torn apart are actually hindering our ability as a country to fully be successful and whole. Rebecca Traister, The Cut, "Cages, ‘Infestations,’ and the Demonization of Immigrants," 27 June 2018 Using a touch sometimes light, sometimes heavy, alternately poignant, faux-cynical and bawdy, the director and co-writer (with W. P. Rosenthal) is fully in control of the complex material. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Bikini Moon': Film Review | Shanghai 2018," 27 June 2018 Avila came to a decision and took his recommendation to Tigers owner Chris Ilitch, who was fully behind the swift firing, according to a source. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers act swiftly firing Chris Bosio, which sends a strong message," 27 June 2018 Those who experience compassion fatigue have not succeeded in fully processing the reality of the kids [separated from their families] and cannot effectively detach themselves to function well. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "If the News Cycle Is Giving You Compassion Fatigue, Here's What You Can Do," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of fully

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

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English Language Learners Definition of fully

: in every way or detail : completely or entirely


ful·​ly | \ˈfu̇-lē \

Kids Definition of fully

1 : completely He fully recovered.

2 : at least Fully half failed.

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