partially

adverb
par·​tial·​ly | \ ˈpär-sh(ə-)lē How to pronounce partially (audio) \

Definition of partially

1 : to some extent : in some degree was only partially successful The building was partially destroyed in the fire.
2 archaic : in a biased manner : with partiality

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Examples of partially in a Sentence

I guess I'm partially responsible for what happened. He only partially explained his reason for leaving. The building was partially destroyed in the fire.
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The sign for Fish Hatchery Springs had fallen down, and was partially obscured by the vegetation of the trail. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Scuppernong Springs nature hike is delightfully haunting — your kids will love it," 26 June 2018 Those with longer hair, like me, can obscure them partially, at least, for the time being. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Apple's Airpods Are an Omen," 12 June 2018 To Smith's left rests George Hill, partially obscured, his face in a towel. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "It's Now or Never for George Hill and the Cavaliers," 6 June 2018 Just behind her, partially obscured by her blood, is the life-sized figure of Vitruvian Man. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 7: Decoding Da Vinci," 4 June 2018 But there are partially self-driving vehicles, and that is complicating the discussion around self-driving cars. Anthony Alaniz, Popular Mechanics, "When Are Self-Driving Cars Actually Coming?," 25 Apr. 2019 It's also thought that four 17th and 18th century paintings have been at least partially damaged. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "What Was Lost in the Notre-Dame Fire," 16 Apr. 2019 The public's anger is partially responsible for making this year's campaign the most unpredictable in years for Brazil, and the attack could lead to another seismic shift. Fox News, "Stabbing of a leading Brazilian candidate could reshape race," 7 Sep. 2018 Still, for the time being the park will be partially open to the public. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Hawaii's Volcano National Park, Closed by Kilauea, Is Finally Reopening," 21 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of partially

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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partially

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of partially

: somewhat but not completely : to some extent or in some degree

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