\ ˈfu̇l also ˈfəl How to pronounce full (audio) \

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 of a 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 of a 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 amount won 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


verb (1)
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


verb (2)
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


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.


The cup was filled full to the brim. The ball hit him full in the chest. He kissed her full on the lips.


the account is now paid in full
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

When a storm is pending, gas tanks should be kept full because stations can run out in an emergency. Rebecca Mcbane, South Florida Parenting, "Don't Wait for the Storm: The most important step in a Family Emergency Plan is to make one," 30 Aug. 2017 An entire bay of Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company’s main station on Hickory Avenue was nearly full by noon Wednesday. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Donations pour in to Bel Air fire company for Harvey victims," 30 Aug. 2017 For a full list of events and music lineup, go to www.lastfling.org. Alicia Fabbre, chicagotribune.com, "Last Fling fest a last hurrah for summer," 29 Aug. 2017 Now the men full of strong drink have trodden in the fireplaces. Longreads, "America’s First Addiction Epidemic," 29 Aug. 2017 The laundry list of Mother McAuley junior Nancy Kane's abilities is a pretty full one. Tony Baranek, Daily Southtown, "Nancy Kane more than able on block as Mother McAuley shuts down Sandburg," 29 Aug. 2017 Biscuits and gravy (full-order $6, half-order $4): This version is more refined — and layered with subtle flavor — than many served around town. Jill Wendholt Silva, kansascity, "New EJ’s Urban Eatery in West Bottoms opens Tuesday: Here’s what’s cooking," 29 Aug. 2017 Maybe the high school will have a spirit week (remember those?) that involves an 80s night, or maybe there’ll be a Halloween celebration where the kids go out in full Heathers-esque regalia. Yohana Desta, HWD, "The New Heathers Looks Nothing Like the Original," 28 Aug. 2017 At her new crib, BadGal RiRi will have a movie theater, full gym, billiard room—and that's just indoors. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna Has Reportedly Bought a $7 Million Hollywood Mansion," 24 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Meanwhile, their families have been arriving in waves, but their reunions, fulls of tears, have so far only been allowed through a window. Anna Werner, CBS News, "New video of Thai cave rescue shows just how close divers came to disaster," 11 July 2018 And what happens if some wayward youth makes it past the school resource officer with his JanSport stuffed full of biology and history and social studies books? Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Backpacks don't kill. People do. So why ban them?," 11 June 2018 Two of their Super Bowl quarterbacks, Jim Plunkett and Rich Gannon, were mutts, surrounded by a kennel-full of found-at-the-pound-ers. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Discarded athletes find good homes in Bay Area," 17 Mar. 2018 In total, the house has nine fulls baths and six powder rooms. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "$2 million surge in 2 years: Wiederhorn's foreclosed mansion sells for $4 million (photos)," 26 Feb. 2018 Everton manager Sam Allardyce has described Seamus Coleman as 'superhuman' after the Irish full back completed 90 minutes against Leicester City upon returning from 10 months out through injury. SI.com, "Everton Boss Sam Allardyce Hails Seamus Coleman as 'Superhuman' Following Injury Comeback," 2 Feb. 2018 The whole tableau—the empty lakebed scattered with icebergs the size of houses and the engorged river below full of floating tree trunks ripped from the ground by flash flooding—stunned him. Madeline Ostrander, Smithsonian, "The National Parks Face a Looming Existential Crisis," 14 Sep. 2017 Two days later, Jamaica's independence will be celebrated with a Saturday full of free entertainment. Emily Bloch, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Miramar readies to celebrate with Jamaican flavor," 24 July 2017 Expect a July full of closed-door dealmaking with reluctant senators, leading up to maximum leverage before the August recess. Michael Mcauliff, Kaiser Health News, "Analysis: Mitch McConnell Plans To Hide Trumpcare’s Pain Until After Midterms," 27 June 2017

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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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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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