ful·​ly | \ ˈfu̇(l)-lē How to pronounce fully (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Lil Nas picks the red and makes his grand escape, chased by some armed agents, and fully embraces his vampire form against a backdrop of the full moon, by the end. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Lil Nas X Releases "Rodeo" Music Video Referencing "Buffy," "The Matrix," and More," 6 Feb. 2020 Flowering chives represent that time in May when the heat is knocking on the door, but spring, fresh and lush, is fully expressed. Washington Post, "Hunting for herbs that add flavor in the kitchen and beauty in the garden," 5 Feb. 2020 The commenters were fully aware of her origins: Reddit’s thriving network of trans-specific spaces tend to be deeply versed in meme culture and the language of 4chan. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "The Misogynistic Joke That Became a Goth-Meme Fairy Tale," 3 Feb. 2020 Aim to love yourself more fully and embrace your flaws. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your February Horoscope," 1 Feb. 2020 Most major manufacturers have a partially or fully electric vehicle coming to market in the next two years; more than a dozen models are expected to go on sale in the U.S. next year. Tamara Warren, Fortune, "Running on EV: The race to solve lithium-ion battery recycling before it’s too late," 28 Jan. 2020 Attempting to avoid fully and fairly compensating composers would have devastated countless creators and set a dangerous precedent. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Discovery Networks Reverses Decision to Buy Out Composers' Music Rights, Will Continue Paying Royalties," 24 Jan. 2020 Eugene Rabinowitch and Hy Goldsmith, former Manhattan Project scientists, determined that a nontechnical magazine was needed to fully make the public aware of their dangers. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Doomsday Clock Creeps As Close to Midnight As It's Been in Decades," 23 Jan. 2020 Besides fossil fuels, climate denial has been one of America’s most noxious exports—much of it bankrolled by the fossil fuel industry itself, leaders of which were fully aware of their contribution toward global warming. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Republicans’ Climate Change Plan Is Big Oil’s Climate Change Plan," 21 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of fully

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

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

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11 Feb 2020

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“Fully.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fully. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fully

: in every way or detail : completely or entirely


ful·​ly | \ ˈfu̇-lē How to pronounce fully (audio) \

Kids Definition of fully

1 : completely He fully recovered.
2 : at least Fully half failed.

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