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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Living apart was difficult, but each fully supported the other’s pursuit of a professional goal. Philly.com, "Philadelphia weddings: Moriah Benjoseph and Ben Nassau," 13 July 2018 Clearly, there are strong currents of popular discontent in both countries that conventional polling techniques do not capture fully. Arthur I. Cyr, Lake County News-Sun, "Cyr: Britain’s prime minister takes charge of cabinet," 13 July 2018 The book is messy as hell: full of insipid platitudes, trite homilies, and self-regarding detours delivered with the assurance of a man who fully expects to see his childhood finger paintings in a museum someday. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Peterson’s Complaint," 12 July 2018 By then, fuel cells like MacFarlane's could be ready to displace Haber-Bosch itself—and the half-green approach to ammonia production could become fully green. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 The visit of Ethiopia's prime minister to Asmara comes a month after Abiy surprised people by fully accepting a peace deal that ended a 20-year border war between the two East African nations that killed tens of thousands. Elias Meseret, The Christian Science Monitor, "Ethiopia and Eritrea unite after ending 20-year border war," 9 July 2018 None of those players have signed yet — a right groin strain has kept DiVincenzo out of three summer-league games as well — but all are fully expected to do so. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With recent additions, Bucks starting to take shape," 9 July 2018 The visit comes a month after Abiy surprised people by fully accepting a peace deal that ended a two-year border war between the two countries. Elias Meseret, Fox News, "With hugs, leaders of rivals Ethiopia, Eritrea finally meet," 8 July 2018 But on Vardavar Sunday, all bets are off and people in Armenia fully expect to be doused. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian, "The Point of Armenia’s Splashy Holiday is Getting Wet," 3 July 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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The first known use of fully was before the 12th century

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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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