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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Because of the head wound, James was partially paralyzed for life. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "A Timeline of the Second Amendment and Gun Control in the U.S.," 1 May 2019 Previous photos of her daughter showed her only partially, with the exception of an image back in December, which showed Kulture in a car seat. Vogue, "Cardi B Shares a Rare Family Photo With Offset and Baby Kulture," 25 Feb. 2019 That's one of the big things Michael says he's realized in the 18 months since a spinal cord injury at a game left him partially paralyzed. Bob Warren,, "Will to Walk: LSU is 'Mighty Michael' Doherty's next stop," 30 May 2018 Parlante was a 71-year-old mother and grandmother who lived alone, despite having suffered a stroke that left her partially paralyzed. Rafael Olmeda,, "Trial opens for man accused of Dania 'Bingo Queen' murder," 10 May 2018 Its clever direct-drive gearbox and arrangement of motors and clutches help propel the car partially, or solely, on electrons, and the integration of all the pieces is seamless. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018 That’s partially why Southeastern Conference associate commissioner Dan Leibovitz put Martin on the oversight committee. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "Why Mizzou's Cuonzo Martin is becoming more involved in the coaching community," 27 June 2018 Later, when our son was born there was no question - he was named Anton partially in honor of our new friend Tony. Nick Holdsworth, The Hollywood Reporter, "Zamir Gotta Remembers Friend, TV Companion Anthony Bourdain: "He Enriched and Enlarged My World"," 10 June 2018 The classical crossover vocal quartet's album boasts songs performed in Spanish, Italian and French, along with a track sung partially in English. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "BTS, Selena, The Singing Nun & More: Non-English No. 1 Albums on the Billboard 200 Chart," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of partially

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of partially

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

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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