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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But about 20% of 3- to 6-year-olds in the survey filled about half their toothbrush, and 18% loaded it fully. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Your Kids Are Probably Using Too Much Toothpaste, And It’s Hurting Their Teeth," 6 Feb. 2019 The inaugural house in Atlanta showcased ideas for living fully and happily through design. House Beautiful, "The 2019 Whole Home Is Coming To Nashville," 30 Jan. 2019 Charter schools have proliferated all over the city in recent years, fully taking over some neighborhoods. Ian Lovett And Tawnell D. Hobbs, WSJ, "Charter Schools Stay Open As Striking Teachers Decry Their Growth," 21 Jan. 2019 The part ultimately went to Lili Reinhart, who has fully taken the spotlight for her perfect portrayal of Betty. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Kiernan Shipka Was Almost Betty Cooper on "Riverdale” Instead of Lili Reinhart," 13 Oct. 2018 Yes, an Estonian company, aren't they all - has developed a fully autonomous robot bartender that's set to debut, silent T, in Europe. Fox News, "Gutfeld: The left is turning on the left," 15 Sep. 2018 Some upkeep is required before your color is fully grown out. Marci Robin, Good Housekeeping, "5 Things to Know Before You Transition Your Dyed Hair to Natural Gray," 10 Jan. 2019 Next up: Waymo One, the fully autonomous commercial taxi service (with humans in the driver seats for now), and the deployment of 20,000 all-electric Jaguar I-PACE vehicles. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The good, the bad, and the ugly of self-driving cars in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 This just so fully encapsulates my philosophy about living with a partner. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Duvet Cover for Couples Is Actually Genius," 7 Jan. 2019

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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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